Data Summary

2,677,202 Citations
906,836 Relationships
148,916 Persons
53,729 Business Persons
45,672 Organizations
17,198 Businesses
11,662 Lobbyists
8,058 Political Candidates
7,610 Political Fundraising Committees
7,507 Academics
5,193 Lawyers
4,546 Public Officials
3,619 Private Companies
3,465 Elected Representatives
2,842 Schools
2,693 Other Not-for-Profits
2,527 Government Bodies
1,965 Public Companies
1,954 Individual Campaign Committees
1,620 Other Campaign Committees
1,610 Media Personalities
1,565 Philanthropies
1,390 Lobbying Firms
790 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
375 Industry/Trade Associations
374 Law Firms
225 Policy/Think Tanks
186 Political Parties
169 Cultural/Artses
115 PACs
107 Public Intellectuals
87 Consulting Firms
67 Media Organizations
57 Professional Associations
54 Public Relations Firms
43 Labor Unions
41 Social Clubs
28 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 »