I want to match politicians' names to company management in order to identify which companies have politically influential officers. However, the Record Matching service requires company information as mandatory input, even though this is exactly what I'm trying to find out. Is there any way I can match persons to companies without submitting company information?
Yes, CompanyName or CompanyPermID is a mandatory field. However, you can enter a space character for a company name. From my test when using a space character as a company, it returns results with low match scores. Therefore, it is better to specify the company name in order to get the best match.
Then, in the returned responses, you will get the PermID of that person. You can use entity search with PermID to find out more information about that person. Typical, the result of entity search will contain hasTenureInOrganization and holdsPosition fields which link to companies which relate to that person.