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

9,736,468 Citations
1,609,744 Relationships
278,082 People
117,459 Organizations
78,520 Business People
34,186 Businesses
18,733 Political Fundraising Committees
13,561 Academics
12,450 Lobbyists
10,707 Lawyers
10,535 Public Officials
9,218 Political Candidates
8,077 Private Companies
5,716 Elected Representatives
5,091 Government Bodies
4,966 Other Not-for-Profits
4,607 Media Personalities
4,246 Schools
3,425 Philanthropies
3,204 Public Companies
2,170 Individual Campaign Committees
1,843 Other Campaign Committees
1,803 Membership Organizations
1,670 Lobbying Firms
1,130 Law Firms
1,013 Industry/Trade Associations
623 Consulting Firms
608 Policy/Think Tanks
594 PACs
499 Public Intellectuals
428 Media Organizations
421 Cultural/Arts
371 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
352 Political Parties
320 Government Advisory Bodies
292 Labor Unions
248 Professional Associations
197 Social Clubs
181 Academic Research Institutes
180 Public Relations Firms
66 Elite Consensus Groups