Data Summary

3,443,694 Citations
1,127,571 Relationships
180,811 Persons
65,546 Organizations
61,375 Business Persons
22,254 Businesses
15,826 Political Fundraising Committees
11,886 Academics
11,885 Lobbyists
8,599 Political Candidates
6,921 Lawyers
5,921 Public Officials
5,153 Private Companies
4,001 Elected Representatives
3,315 Media Personalities
3,261 Schools
3,217 Government Bodies
3,126 Other Not-for-Profits
2,229 Public Companies
1,992 Individual Campaign Committees
1,687 Philanthropies
1,634 Other Campaign Committees
1,426 Lobbying Firms
1,133 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
530 Law Firms
465 Industry/Trade Associations
267 Policy/Think Tanks
194 Political Parties
180 Cultural/Artses
159 PACs
132 Public Intellectuals
106 Consulting Firms
88 Media Organizations
81 Professional Associations
77 Labor Unions
73 Public Relations Firms
71 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
56 Social Clubs

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 »