Data Summary

2,845,326 Citations
968,375 Relationships
161,227 Persons
55,870 Business Persons
50,135 Organizations
18,757 Businesses
11,829 Lobbyists
11,482 Academics
8,324 Political Candidates
7,645 Political Fundraising Committees
5,683 Lawyers
4,946 Public Officials
4,106 Private Companies
3,671 Elected Representatives
2,999 Schools
2,873 Other Not-for-Profits
2,742 Government Bodies
2,101 Public Companies
1,988 Individual Campaign Committees
1,728 Media Personalities
1,624 Other Campaign Committees
1,605 Philanthropies
1,409 Lobbying Firms
931 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
415 Law Firms
408 Industry/Trade Associations
227 Policy/Think Tanks
189 Political Parties
173 Cultural/Artses
135 PACs
119 Public Intellectuals
96 Consulting Firms
77 Media Organizations
66 Professional Associations
65 Public Relations Firms
62 Labor Unions
48 Social Clubs
46 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 »