Data Summary

3,021,720 Citations
993,547 Relationships
167,536 Persons
57,554 Business Persons
52,590 Organizations
19,992 Businesses
11,849 Lobbyists
11,618 Academics
8,437 Political Candidates
7,661 Political Fundraising Committees
6,165 Lawyers
5,457 Public Officials
4,556 Private Companies
3,782 Elected Representatives
3,084 Schools
2,980 Government Bodies
2,946 Other Not-for-Profits
2,159 Public Companies
1,991 Individual Campaign Committees
1,789 Media Personalities
1,631 Philanthropies
1,625 Other Campaign Committees
1,414 Lobbying Firms
964 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
456 Law Firms
433 Industry/Trade Associations
255 Policy/Think Tanks
192 Political Parties
173 Cultural/Artses
140 PACs
122 Public Intellectuals
97 Consulting Firms
82 Media Organizations
68 Professional Associations
68 Public Relations Firms
64 Labor Unions
57 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
52 Social Clubs

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 »