Data Summary

3,043,120 Citations
1,001,915 Relationships
169,097 Persons
57,859 Business Persons
53,462 Organizations
20,219 Businesses
11,857 Lobbyists
11,637 Academics
8,466 Political Candidates
7,727 Political Fundraising Committees
6,224 Lawyers
5,559 Public Officials
4,594 Private Companies
3,858 Elected Representatives
3,110 Schools
3,021 Government Bodies
2,984 Other Not-for-Profits
2,163 Public Companies
1,991 Individual Campaign Committees
1,802 Media Personalities
1,639 Philanthropies
1,629 Other Campaign Committees
1,416 Lobbying Firms
1,003 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
465 Law Firms
439 Industry/Trade Associations
258 Policy/Think Tanks
193 Political Parties
174 Cultural/Artses
143 PACs
124 Public Intellectuals
98 Consulting Firms
83 Media Organizations
69 Professional Associations
69 Public Relations Firms
64 Labor Unions
62 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 »