Data Summary

2,116,075 Citations
700,747 Relationships
110,509 Persons
42,467 Business Persons
34,843 Organizations
13,496 Businesses
11,577 Lobbyists
7,320 Political Candidates
6,974 Political Fundraising Committees
3,760 Lawyers
3,457 Public Officials
3,092 Elected Representatives
2,629 Private Companies
2,164 Schools
2,042 Government Bodies
1,942 Individual Campaign Committees
1,849 Public Companies
1,836 Academics
1,805 Other Not-for-Profits
1,614 Other Campaign Committees
1,361 Lobbying Firms
1,248 Philanthropies
1,178 Media Personalities
619 Membership Organizations
313 Industry/Trade Associations
300 Law Firms
202 Policy/Think Tanks
178 Political Parties
105 PACs
103 Public Intellectuals
97 Cultural/Artses
76 Consulting Firms
65 Media Organizations
47 Professional Associations
46 Public Relations Firms
36 Labor Unions
35 Social Clubs
21 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 »