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

9,701,765 Citations
1,590,399 Relationships
274,551 People
113,154 Organizations
77,444 Business People
33,432 Businesses
18,719 Political Fundraising Committees
13,255 Academics
12,396 Lobbyists
10,536 Lawyers
9,968 Public Officials
9,159 Political Candidates
7,991 Private Companies
5,554 Elected Representatives
4,861 Government Bodies
4,626 Other Not-for-Profits
4,447 Media Personalities
4,084 Schools
3,175 Public Companies
2,798 Philanthropies
2,161 Individual Campaign Committees
1,825 Other Campaign Committees
1,681 Membership Organizations
1,647 Lobbying Firms
1,095 Law Firms
982 Industry/Trade Associations
578 Policy/Think Tanks
574 PACs
557 Consulting Firms
448 Public Intellectuals
393 Media Organizations
371 Cultural/Arts
338 Political Parties
303 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
276 Labor Unions
244 Government Advisory Bodies
223 Professional Associations
175 Public Relations Firms
163 Social Clubs
140 Academic Research Institutes
60 Elite Consensus Groups