Data Summary

2,809,469 Citations
953,952 Relationships
158,224 Persons
54,960 Business Persons
48,615 Organizations
18,183 Businesses
11,728 Lobbyists
11,300 Academics
8,267 Political Candidates
7,636 Political Fundraising Committees
5,442 Lawyers
4,758 Public Officials
3,857 Private Companies
3,602 Elected Representatives
2,947 Schools
2,829 Other Not-for-Profits
2,638 Government Bodies
1,991 Public Companies
1,984 Individual Campaign Committees
1,667 Media Personalities
1,623 Other Campaign Committees
1,594 Philanthropies
1,402 Lobbying Firms
912 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
401 Law Firms
396 Industry/Trade Associations
226 Policy/Think Tanks
186 Political Parties
173 Cultural/Artses
131 PACs
110 Public Intellectuals
94 Consulting Firms
77 Media Organizations
64 Public Relations Firms
63 Professional Associations
58 Labor Unions
44 Social Clubs
39 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 »