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

3,864,059 Citations
1,417,714 Relationships
246,272 People
88,924 Organizations
70,673 Business People
29,280 Businesses
17,108 Political Fundraising Committees
12,593 Academics
12,187 Lobbyists
9,039 Lawyers
8,934 Political Candidates
8,263 Public Officials
7,124 Private Companies
4,994 Elected Representatives
4,027 Media Personalities
3,926 Government Bodies
3,888 Other Not-for-Profits
3,743 Schools
3,088 Public Companies
2,105 Individual Campaign Committees
1,908 Philanthropies
1,778 Other Campaign Committees
1,541 Lobbying Firms
1,433 Membership Organizations
952 Law Firms
681 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
439 Policy/Think Tanks
413 PACs
305 Consulting Firms
297 Public Intellectuals
284 Cultural/Arts
247 Political Parties
246 Media Organizations
202 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
166 Professional Associations
152 Labor Unions
129 Public Relations Firms
126 Social Clubs
66 Government Advisory Bodies
58 Academic Research Institutes
40 Elite Consensus Groups