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

4,084,759 Citations
1,525,785 Relationships
258,736 People
101,246 Organizations
74,097 Business People
31,820 Businesses
18,367 Political Fundraising Committees
12,965 Academics
12,275 Lobbyists
9,969 Lawyers
9,141 Public Officials
9,069 Political Candidates
7,612 Private Companies
5,206 Elected Representatives
4,397 Government Bodies
4,262 Media Personalities
4,153 Other Not-for-Profits
3,923 Schools
3,140 Public Companies
2,146 Individual Campaign Committees
2,016 Philanthropies
1,795 Other Campaign Committees
1,591 Lobbying Firms
1,547 Membership Organizations
1,104 Law Firms
878 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
520 Policy/Think Tanks
496 PACs
418 Consulting Firms
339 Public Intellectuals
331 Cultural/Arts
319 Media Organizations
275 Political Parties
263 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
188 Professional Associations
163 Labor Unions
148 Public Relations Firms
146 Social Clubs
108 Government Advisory Bodies
100 Academic Research Institutes
53 Elite Consensus Groups