Data Summary

3,507,334 Citations
1,154,130 Relationships
182,932 Persons
66,531 Organizations
62,267 Business Persons
22,671 Businesses
16,000 Political Fundraising Committees
11,949 Academics
11,894 Lobbyists
8,634 Political Candidates
7,094 Lawyers
6,060 Public Officials
5,332 Private Companies
4,084 Elected Representatives
3,365 Media Personalities
3,297 Schools
3,267 Government Bodies
3,178 Other Not-for-Profits
2,254 Public Companies
1,994 Individual Campaign Committees
1,709 Philanthropies
1,635 Other Campaign Committees
1,432 Lobbying Firms
1,154 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
542 Law Firms
477 Industry/Trade Associations
283 Policy/Think Tanks
206 Political Parties
184 Cultural/Artses
171 PACs
139 Public Intellectuals
115 Consulting Firms
92 Media Organizations
84 Professional Associations
77 Labor Unions
75 Public Relations Firms
75 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
59 Social Clubs

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 is a "beta" version launched in January 2009.

There are still plenty of bugs and missing data. We make improvements every day. We plan to develop our blog, Eyes on the Ties, into a source of in-depth investigations into influential names and networks that receive little scrutiny in the media. The LittleSis API lets programmers access and reuse LittleSis data in its raw form. Press Coverage »