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

9,714,287 Citations
1,597,185 Relationships
276,239 People
114,889 Organizations
77,921 Business People
33,708 Businesses
18,724 Political Fundraising Committees
13,488 Academics
12,424 Lobbyists
10,573 Lawyers
10,273 Public Officials
9,164 Political Candidates
8,037 Private Companies
5,662 Elected Representatives
5,002 Government Bodies
4,852 Other Not-for-Profits
4,457 Media Personalities
4,155 Schools
3,199 Public Companies
3,171 Philanthropies
2,165 Individual Campaign Committees
1,834 Other Campaign Committees
1,764 Membership Organizations
1,658 Lobbying Firms
1,105 Law Firms
995 Industry/Trade Associations
591 Policy/Think Tanks
582 Consulting Firms
578 PACs
488 Public Intellectuals
393 Media Organizations
385 Cultural/Arts
342 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
341 Political Parties
291 Government Advisory Bodies
288 Labor Unions
239 Professional Associations
184 Social Clubs
178 Public Relations Firms
174 Academic Research Institutes
64 Elite Consensus Groups