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

4,003,630 Citations
1,481,311 Relationships
253,418 People
94,533 Organizations
72,685 Business People
30,498 Businesses
18,135 Political Fundraising Committees
12,685 Academics
12,239 Lobbyists
9,640 Lawyers
9,018 Political Candidates
8,751 Public Officials
7,338 Private Companies
5,089 Elected Representatives
4,151 Media Personalities
4,094 Government Bodies
4,048 Other Not-for-Profits
3,786 Schools
3,111 Public Companies
2,130 Individual Campaign Committees
1,941 Philanthropies
1,789 Other Campaign Committees
1,560 Lobbying Firms
1,485 Membership Organizations
1,030 Law Firms
733 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
484 Policy/Think Tanks
454 PACs
353 Consulting Firms
322 Public Intellectuals
315 Cultural/Arts
287 Media Organizations
260 Political Parties
222 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
169 Professional Associations
160 Labor Unions
136 Social Clubs
133 Public Relations Firms
84 Government Advisory Bodies
66 Academic Research Institutes
45 Elite Consensus Groups