Data Summary

2,981,395 Citations
977,301 Relationships
163,807 Persons
56,632 Business Persons
51,458 Organizations
19,465 Businesses
11,837 Lobbyists
11,563 Academics
8,347 Political Candidates
7,647 Political Fundraising Committees
5,966 Lawyers
5,283 Public Officials
4,405 Private Companies
3,737 Elected Representatives
3,056 Schools
2,918 Government Bodies
2,911 Other Not-for-Profits
2,131 Public Companies
1,990 Individual Campaign Committees
1,747 Media Personalities
1,625 Other Campaign Committees
1,621 Philanthropies
1,413 Lobbying Firms
952 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
443 Law Firms
426 Industry/Trade Associations
230 Policy/Think Tanks
192 Political Parties
173 Cultural/Artses
139 PACs
121 Public Intellectuals
97 Consulting Firms
78 Media Organizations
68 Professional Associations
67 Public Relations Firms
63 Labor Unions
51 Social Clubs
45 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 »