Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)

A politically exposed person (PEP) is a person that has been entrusted with a prominent public function. PEPs include elected officials, members of government.

Integrating data about political actors is an essential step in making an open source due diligence database. However, it is a much more intricate task than collecting sanctions lists (of which there are only a few dozen), and fully addressing it will be the focus of a later stage of this project.

At present, OpenSanctions relies mainly on the efforts of the now-defunct EveryPolitician project to include law makers from many countries.

Data overview

Entity count:183,547 target entities · 212,028 searchable entities · 260,990 total
Entity types:
Legal entities1
254 countries · Show overview...
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Bulk download

Downloads contain the full set of entities contained in this dataset. You can fetch a simplified tabular form, or detailed, structured data in JSON format. Updated files will be provided once a day at the same location.

File nameExport typeSize
entities.ftm.jsonFollowTheMoney entities181 MB
names.txtTarget names text file24 MB
senzing.jsonSenzing entity format120 MB
targets.nested.jsonTargets as nested JSON210 MB
targets.simple.csvTargets as simplified CSV47 MB

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Using the API

You can query the data in this dataset via the application programming interface (API) endpoints below. Please read the introduction for documentation and terms of service.

Use the Reconciliation API in OpenRefine:
For full-text search, use the /search endpoint:
For entity matching, use the /match endpoint:

Data sources6

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) is a collection dataset which bundles together entities from the following data sources:

Wikidata Politically Exposed Persons130,135
Every Politician73,173
RuPEP Public Database of PEPs in Russia and BelarusRussia9,061
CIA World LeadersUnited States4,877
Members of the European ParliamentEuropean Union705
Members of the European Commitee of the RegionsEuropean Union602

External databases1

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) also includes selected details and connections from the following external databases: