Friday, April 23, 2010

Politicians and Money

With the discussion of financial reform, these days politics and money are in the news. One interesting web site to further explore that intersection goes by the odd name LittleSis .

Funded by the Sunlight Foundation, LittleSis is a free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations. You can search famous people or organizations to track their connections and donations. They 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. Their data derives from government filings, news articles, and other reputable sources. And they provide citations.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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