Data Summary

3,483,975 Citations
1,144,886 Relationships
182,062 Persons
65,973 Organizations
61,894 Business Persons
22,427 Businesses
15,933 Political Fundraising Committees
11,911 Academics
11,887 Lobbyists
8,616 Political Candidates
7,002 Lawyers
5,978 Public Officials
5,240 Private Companies
4,053 Elected Representatives
3,337 Media Personalities
3,279 Schools
3,239 Government Bodies
3,157 Other Not-for-Profits
2,244 Public Companies
1,992 Individual Campaign Committees
1,696 Philanthropies
1,634 Other Campaign Committees
1,428 Lobbying Firms
1,145 Membership Organizations
619 Couples
534 Law Firms
470 Industry/Trade Associations
278 Policy/Think Tanks
196 Political Parties
181 Cultural/Artses
170 PACs
134 Public Intellectuals
107 Consulting Firms
88 Media Organizations
83 Professional Associations
77 Labor Unions
74 Public Relations Firms
73 Government-Sponsored Enterprises
56 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 »