Politwoops Deleted Tweets from Politicians

An archive of the public statements deleted by U.S. politicians. Explore the tweets they would prefer you couldn't see.

To meet the Twitter API Terms of Service, all deleted tweets shown here since June 22, 2012 have been reviewed and approved by the Sunlight Foundation.

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Chaka Fattah (D) @chakafattah

"As we look ahead ....,leaders will be those who empower others. Bill Gates http://t.co/4c5koV7R

Russ Carnahan (D) @RepCarnahan

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RT @sarahannsparks: As a member of @hfacdemocrats, @repcarnahan promotes intl. women's rights. #thankyouruss

Chris Van Hollen (D) @ChrisVanHollen

w/ his picking @RepPau;Ryan as vp, @MittRomney has doubled down on the failed econ policies that got us into this mess to begin with.

Chris Van Hollen (D) @ChrisVanHollen

w/ his picking @RepPaulRyan as vp, @MittRomney has doubled down on the failed econ policies that got us into this mess to begin with.

Chris Van Hollen (D) @ChrisVanHollen

.@MittRomney sent a clear msg to Independent voters this a.m.: "Take a hike."

Donna Christensen (D) @DelegateDonna

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Well they finally have the #Rep team - Romney/Ryan & we have a clear choice - forward or backward. Let's go forward w #Dems & Pres #Obama

Chris Van Hollen (D) @ChrisVanHollen

.@PaulRyanVP & I agree: we must put the economy back on a path to fiscal sustainability. But we could not disagree more on how to do it.

Donna Christensen (D) @DelegateDonna

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Romney and Ryan want to "take our Country back"-ward. WE ARE NOT GOING BACK!

Donna Christensen (D) @DelegateDonna

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Wait a minute! Are there black people in Va? Guess just not w Romney Ryan! At least not seeing us. We know who's got our back & we have his

Richard Blumenthal (D) @SenBlumenthal

Shared memories & pride at Iwo Jima Memorial Park in #NewBritain for Spirit of ’45 Day. We remember all #CT #vets who have served our Nation

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On June 3, 2015, the Sunlight Foundation received word from Twitter that it was pulling the plug on Politwoops, reversing an agreement made in 2012 that allowed us to run the project using its API. The last deletions we have archived are from May 15, 2015. Please read our 'Eulogy for Politwoops' for more detail.

While we may no longer be able to publish deleted tweets, we're still working hard to advocate for more and better open data and to create tools that promote transparency and hold our government accountable.

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