JSON

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:158,639 target entities · 180,551 searchable entities · 217,056 total
Entity types:
People179,771
Addresses557
Organizations223
Coverage:
254 countries · Show overview...
Last changed:

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 entities182 MB
names.txtTarget names text file20 MB
targets.nested.jsonTargets as nested JSON224 MB
targets.simple.csvTargets as simplified CSV39 MB

Help: Using the data · format reference · identifier use · commercial licensing

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. See also: OpenAPI Specification (JSON)

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

Data sources7

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

NameCountryTargets
Peppercat LegislatorsGlobal90,082
Every PoliticianGlobal73,177
Peppercat World LeadersGlobal26,152
RuPEP Public Database of PEPs in Russia and BelarusGlobal6,866
CIA World LeadersUnited States4,877
Members of the European ParliamentEuropean Union705
Members of the European Commitee of the RegionsEuropean Union625

External databases1

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

NamePublisher
WikidataWikidata