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

9,725,157 Citations
1,603,190 Relationships
277,187 People
116,095 Organizations
78,244 Business People
33,932 Businesses
18,726 Political Fundraising Committees
13,531 Academics
12,442 Lobbyists
10,636 Lawyers
10,414 Public Officials
9,193 Political Candidates
8,057 Private Companies
5,685 Elected Representatives
5,053 Government Bodies
4,911 Other Not-for-Profits
4,495 Media Personalities
4,189 Schools
3,302 Philanthropies
3,201 Public Companies
2,166 Individual Campaign Committees
1,839 Other Campaign Committees
1,778 Membership Organizations
1,666 Lobbying Firms
1,121 Law Firms
1,006 Industry/Trade Associations
606 Consulting Firms
599 Policy/Think Tanks
589 PACs
493 Public Intellectuals
414 Media Organizations
389 Cultural/Arts
356 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
345 Political Parties
305 Government Advisory Bodies
288 Labor Unions
244 Professional Associations
187 Social Clubs
179 Public Relations Firms
178 Academic Research Institutes
64 Elite Consensus Groups