Data Summary

2,303,271 Citations
764,464 Relationships
118,628 Persons
45,011 Business Persons
37,496 Organizations
14,297 Businesses
11,577 Lobbyists
7,646 Political Candidates
7,150 Political Fundraising Committees
4,281 Lawyers
3,748 Public Officials
3,262 Elected Representatives
2,795 Private Companies
2,233 Schools
2,154 Academics
2,119 Government Bodies
1,943 Individual Campaign Committees
1,937 Other Not-for-Profits
1,882 Public Companies
1,615 Other Campaign Committees
1,365 Lobbying Firms
1,340 Media Personalities
1,338 Philanthropies
645 Membership Organizations
319 Industry/Trade Associations
307 Law Firms
209 Policy/Think Tanks
181 Political Parties
108 PACs
103 Public Intellectuals
100 Cultural/Artses
77 Consulting Firms
65 Media Organizations
49 Public Relations Firms
47 Professional Associations
39 Social Clubs
36 Labor Unions
21 Government-Sponsored Enterprises

LittleSis is a free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations.

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, and 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 »

LittleSis lets you see past the news headlines and tired debates.

Who are the movers and shakers behind the bailouts, government contracts, and new 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 »

LittleSis is meant to support the work of journalists, watchdogs, and grassroots activists.

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

LittleSis is built and maintained by a nonprofit 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. Our Team »

This website is a "beta" version launched in January 2009.

There are still plenty of bugs and missing data. We make improvements every day. We plan to develop our blog, Eyes on the Ties, into a source of in-depth investigations into influential names and networks that receive little scrutiny in the media. The LittleSis API lets programmers access and reuse LittleSis data in its raw form. Press Coverage »