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

4,150,053 Citations
1,565,773 Relationships
267,012 People
106,213 Organizations
75,198 Business People
32,549 Businesses
18,626 Political Fundraising Committees
13,083 Academics
12,305 Lobbyists
10,260 Lawyers
9,396 Public Officials
9,111 Political Candidates
7,687 Private Companies
5,316 Elected Representatives
4,550 Government Bodies
4,328 Media Personalities
4,310 Other Not-for-Profits
4,021 Schools
3,155 Public Companies
2,159 Philanthropies
2,151 Individual Campaign Committees
1,804 Other Campaign Committees
1,605 Lobbying Firms
1,577 Membership Organizations
1,126 Law Firms
900 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
537 Policy/Think Tanks
529 PACs
476 Consulting Firms
358 Public Intellectuals
353 Media Organizations
345 Cultural/Arts
302 Political Parties
276 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
262 Labor Unions
197 Professional Associations
154 Public Relations Firms
150 Social Clubs
127 Government Advisory Bodies
112 Academic Research Institutes
53 Elite Consensus Groups