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. 403-307-1715

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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, 5192510122

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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.

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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.

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Data Summary

3,785,783 Citations
1,377,548 Relationships
241,279 People
83,530 Organizations
68,761 Business People
28,005 Businesses
16,979 Political Fundraising Committees
12,522 Academics
12,138 Lobbyists
8,880 Political Candidates
8,543 Lawyers
7,829 Public Officials
6,638 Private Companies
4,847 Elected Representatives
3,945 Media Personalities
3,774 Government Bodies
3,769 Other Not-for-Profits
3,674 Schools
3,040 Public Companies
2,084 Individual Campaign Committees
1,895 Philanthropies
1,727 Other Campaign Committees
1,502 Lobbying Firms
1,362 Membership Organizations
866 Law Firms
643 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
412 Policy/Think Tanks
330 PACs
282 Public Intellectuals
274 Cultural/Arts
271 Consulting Firms
233 Political Parties
223 Media Organizations
179 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
144 Professional Associations
123 Labor Unions
116 Social Clubs
115 Public Relations Firms
55 Academic Research Institutes
43 Government Advisory Bodies
24 Elite Consensus Groups