Data Summary

3,234,298 Citations
1,049,118 Relationships
175,487 Persons
62,841 Organizations
59,387 Business Persons
21,446 Businesses
14,891 Political Fundraising Committees
11,860 Lobbyists
11,803 Academics
8,544 Political Candidates
6,468 Lawyers
5,709 Public Officials
4,899 Private Companies
3,906 Elected Representatives
3,233 Media Personalities
3,187 Schools
3,121 Government Bodies
3,059 Other Not-for-Profits
2,207 Public Companies
1,991 Individual Campaign Committees
1,666 Philanthropies
1,634 Other Campaign Committees
1,422 Lobbying Firms
1,068 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
485 Law Firms
457 Industry/Trade Associations
260 Policy/Think Tanks
194 Political Parties
177 Cultural/Artses
147 PACs
127 Public Intellectuals
98 Consulting Firms
84 Media Organizations
74 Professional Associations
70 Public Relations Firms
67 Labor Unions
67 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
54 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 »