LittleSis* is a free database of who-knows-who at the heights of business and government.

* opposite of Big Brother
We're a grassroots watchdog network connecting the dots between the world's most powerful people and organizations.


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A unique resource for investigating cronyism, conflicts of interest, and systemic corruption.

An involuntary facebook of the 1%

We bring transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated institutions. We help answer questions such as:

  • Who do the wealthiest Americans donate their money to?
  • Where did White House officials work before they were appointed?
  • Which lobbyists are married to politicians? Who do they lobby for?

All of this information is public, but scattered. We bring it together in one place. Our data derives from government filings, news articles, and other reputable sources. Some data sets are updated automatically; the rest is filled in by our user community. More Features

Names behind the news

Who are the movers and shakers behind the bailouts, government contracts, and austerity policies? We’re working around the clock to stock LittleSis with information about bigwigs who make the news, and their connections to those who don’t. For updates and analysis visit our blog, Eyes on the Ties

Made for watchdogs

We're bringing together a community of watchdogs who believe in transparency and accountability where it matters most. We're looking for journalists, researchers, programmers, artists and organizers to lend a hand.

Think and do tank

LittleSis is a project of Public Accountability Initiative, a 501(c)3 organization focused on corporate and government accountability. We receive financial support from foundations and benefit from free software written by the open source community.

The code powering LittleSis is free & open source.

Data Summary

3,607,225 Citations
1,198,935 Relationships
189,573 People
70,913 Organizations
63,756 Business People
23,863 Businesses
16,324 Political Fundraising Committees
12,113 Academics
11,947 Lobbyists
8,694 Political Candidates
7,559 Lawyers
6,570 Public Officials
5,606 Private Companies
4,229 Elected Representatives
3,567 Media Personalities
3,408 Schools
3,403 Government Bodies
3,358 Other Not-for-Profits
2,283 Public Companies
2,011 Individual Campaign Committees
1,794 Philanthropies
1,642 Other Campaign Committees
1,449 Lobbying Firms
1,210 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
608 Law Firms
517 Industry/Trade Associations
300 Policy/Think Tanks
217 Political Parties
215 Cultural/Arts
198 PACs
176 Consulting Firms
163 Public Intellectuals
115 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
112 Media Organizations
103 Labor Unions
94 Public Relations Firms
94 Professional Associations
69 Social Clubs