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

9,683,835 Citations
1,585,114 Relationships
272,794 People
111,770 Organizations
76,767 Business People
33,083 Businesses
18,706 Political Fundraising Committees
13,153 Academics
12,339 Lobbyists
10,440 Lawyers
9,739 Public Officials
9,148 Political Candidates
7,830 Private Companies
5,477 Elected Representatives
4,762 Government Bodies
4,462 Other Not-for-Profits
4,373 Media Personalities
4,057 Schools
3,162 Public Companies
2,417 Philanthropies
2,152 Individual Campaign Committees
1,812 Other Campaign Committees
1,630 Lobbying Firms
1,610 Membership Organizations
1,145 Law Firms
938 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
561 Policy/Think Tanks
550 PACs
527 Consulting Firms
414 Public Intellectuals
382 Media Organizations
348 Cultural/Arts
330 Political Parties
290 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
271 Labor Unions
228 Government Advisory Bodies
211 Professional Associations
171 Public Relations Firms
153 Social Clubs
125 Academic Research Institutes
54 Elite Consensus Groups