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

9,721,121 Citations
1,601,085 Relationships
276,741 People
115,580 Organizations
78,081 Business People
33,810 Businesses
18,724 Political Fundraising Committees
13,504 Academics
12,435 Lobbyists
10,604 Lawyers
10,353 Public Officials
9,171 Political Candidates
8,041 Private Companies
5,672 Elected Representatives
5,018 Government Bodies
4,873 Other Not-for-Profits
4,478 Media Personalities
4,169 Schools
3,274 Philanthropies
3,199 Public Companies
2,165 Individual Campaign Committees
1,839 Other Campaign Committees
1,774 Membership Organizations
1,664 Lobbying Firms
1,114 Law Firms
1,000 Industry/Trade Associations
598 Policy/Think Tanks
594 Consulting Firms
582 PACs
491 Public Intellectuals
402 Media Organizations
386 Cultural/Arts
346 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
343 Political Parties
298 Government Advisory Bodies
288 Labor Unions
243 Professional Associations
184 Social Clubs
178 Public Relations Firms
176 Academic Research Institutes
64 Elite Consensus Groups