About LittleSis

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 launched in January 2009.

Data Summary

3,909,489 Citations
1,439,293 Relationships
248,465 People
91,231 Organizations
71,330 Business People
29,701 Businesses
17,643 Political Fundraising Committees
12,621 Academics
12,206 Lobbyists
9,202 Lawyers
8,980 Political Candidates
8,394 Public Officials
7,161 Private Companies
5,029 Elected Representatives
4,058 Media Personalities
3,969 Government Bodies
3,940 Other Not-for-Profits
3,757 Schools
3,094 Public Companies
2,119 Individual Campaign Committees
1,928 Philanthropies
1,782 Other Campaign Committees
1,553 Lobbying Firms
1,444 Membership Organizations
979 Law Firms
700 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
443 Policy/Think Tanks
431 PACs
337 Consulting Firms
306 Public Intellectuals
289 Cultural/Arts
256 Media Organizations
248 Political Parties
207 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
167 Professional Associations
157 Labor Unions
133 Social Clubs
133 Public Relations Firms
71 Government Advisory Bodies
59 Academic Research Institutes
42 Elite Consensus Groups