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

3,549,022 Citations
1,222,399 Relationships
192,867 People
72,647 Organizations
8,717 Political Candidates
4,294 Elected Representatives
24,196 Businesses
3,538 Government Bodies
3,469 Schools
1,248 Membership Organizations
1,823 Philanthropies
3,439 Other Not-for-Profits
16,478 Political Fundraising Committees
5,710 Private Companies
2,287 Public Companies
526 Industry/Trade Associations
629 Law Firms
1,455 Lobbying Firms
96 Public Relations Firms
2,010 Individual Campaign Committees
207 PACs
1,643 Other Campaign Committees
134 Media Organizations
306 Policy/Think Tanks
231 Cultural/Arts
74 Social Clubs
111 Professional Associations
222 Political Parties
106 Labor Unions
134 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
64,520 Business People
11,994 Lobbyists
12,194 Academics
3,638 Media Personalities
193 Consulting Firms
173 Public Intellectuals
6,825 Public Officials
7,741 Lawyers
619 Couples