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Welcome to the place for tracking people and organizations with power and influence.

Muckety is an award-winning web site and information/technology company, honored for outstanding use of digital technologies. We publish maps and related news stories, and we provide mapping technology and data to other companies.

How are we different?

Unlike most social networking sites, our data is not user contributed. This may seem contrary to the overall trend of online databases, and it is.

We specialize in the paths of influence - encompassing government, business and nonprofit affiliations. But we also show connections users might omit from their own public profiles, including family members, political involvement, lobbying activity and criminal charges.

Our maps focus on actual relationships - not mere connections or clustering. Roll your mouse over the connecting lines between actors in our maps, and you’ll see the specifics of their relationship.

For use on other web sites, we offer several other hosting/licensing options.

Our customers include businesses and nonprofits. Most clients use our technology and our data internally, to help find customers, investors and/or employees.

Our online data focus is the U.S., although an increasing number of people and organizations in the database are outside American borders.

Muckety is published by Muckety LLC, a company founded in 2006 by a team with years of experience in journalism, technology and online publishing.

The name Muckety derives, of course, from muckety mucks. Some follow the money. We follow the muckety, producing a daily news and information site based on online databases (which we enlarge daily), extensive research and old-fashioned journalism.

We strive for accurate, timely, objective journalism. Although you may sometimes see ads with a political point of view (served automatically through ad services such as Google AdSense), we aim to be nonpartisan in our maps, news stories and databased information.

Our founders/editors are Laurie Bennett, Gary Jacobson and John Decker.

Bennett and Decker were co-founders of ePodunk, a high-traffic web site about places in the U.S., Canada and the UK. They also worked together as members of the founding online team at the Detroit Free Press.

Bennett, a winner of the George Polk Award, also worked as a reporter for the Free Press, Detroit News, Gannett News Service in Washington, D.C., and as city editor of the Rochester (N.Y.) Times-Union. During her stint in Detroit, she wrote a weekly column called “The Rich Are Different” for the Free Press Sunday magazine.

Decker has been a staff photographer for the Bergen Record, Sacramento Bee, and for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He previously was multimedia editor of The New York Times on the Web.

Jacobson, a reporter for the Dallas Morning News, was founding publisher and editor of the Arlington Morning News, deputy managing editor of USA Today, and business editor of the Rochester Times-Union.

See our contributors page for more information about Muckety writers and editors.

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