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

3,949,499 Citations
1,457,147 Relationships
249,945 People
92,498 Organizations
71,779 Business People
29,911 Businesses
17,908 Political Fundraising Committees
12,642 Academics
12,224 Lobbyists
9,381 Lawyers
9,002 Political Candidates
8,516 Public Officials
7,177 Private Companies
5,052 Elected Representatives
4,081 Media Personalities
4,003 Government Bodies
3,988 Other Not-for-Profits
3,760 Schools
3,098 Public Companies
2,121 Individual Campaign Committees
1,934 Philanthropies
1,784 Other Campaign Committees
1,553 Lobbying Firms
1,466 Membership Organizations
989 Law Firms
713 Industry/Trade Associations
619 Couples
472 Policy/Think Tanks
439 PACs
344 Consulting Firms
314 Public Intellectuals
292 Cultural/Arts
266 Media Organizations
253 Political Parties
213 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
167 Professional Associations
158 Labor Unions
133 Public Relations Firms
133 Social Clubs
81 Government Advisory Bodies
62 Academic Research Institutes
43 Elite Consensus Groups