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

3,835,367 Citations
1,402,051 Relationships
244,261 People
85,842 Organizations
69,867 Business People
28,784 Businesses
17,054 Political Fundraising Committees
12,574 Academics
12,157 Lobbyists
8,902 Political Candidates
8,866 Lawyers
8,024 Public Officials
6,951 Private Companies
4,917 Elected Representatives
3,986 Media Personalities
3,849 Government Bodies
3,834 Other Not-for-Profits
3,722 Schools
3,067 Public Companies
2,093 Individual Campaign Committees
1,904 Philanthropies
1,737 Other Campaign Committees
1,519 Lobbying Firms
1,396 Membership Organizations
922 Law Firms
668 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
424 Policy/Think Tanks
394 PACs
293 Public Intellectuals
285 Consulting Firms
280 Cultural/Arts
239 Political Parties
237 Media Organizations
195 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
158 Professional Associations
131 Labor Unions
122 Social Clubs
122 Public Relations Firms
57 Academic Research Institutes
53 Government Advisory Bodies
30 Elite Consensus Groups