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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Tom Graves (R) @RepTomGraves

Stimulus Anniversary Fact: Taxpayers spend $200k to fund tattoo removal for gang members in Southern California. #stimulus

Senator Dan Coats (R) @SenDanCoats

Heading to the Senate floor to disucss the President's budget, 3 yr anniversary of the stimulus and the paytax tax deal

Senator Dan Coats (R) @SenDanCoats

Heading to the Senate floor to disucss the President's budget, 3 yr anniversary of the stimulus and the payroll tax deal

Rep. Trent Franks (R) @RepTrentFranks

PRENDA Bill Brings the Civil Rights Battle to the Forefront Says Dr. King http://t.co/UFoRzBO6 #PRENDA

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Cong. Tim Huelskamp (R) @CongHuelskamp

We received a #Stimulus Anniversary Card! Look where we've come these past three years. http://t.co/6WBewsVi

CongressmanBobTurner (R) @USRepBobTurner

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Just posted a poll on my #fbook page about how we should deal with #Iran. Take the poll and like my page. http://t.co/yT0FSCMG

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Gov. Buddy Roemer (R) @BuddyRoemer

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RT @American_Media_: @ccsvince @occupyphoenix @IVNetwork Buddy Roemer will be our guest for our live radio show, "Agree to Disagree" today. http://t.co/HEGl7lnd

John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Payroll tax extensoin not paid for & larded w/ outrageous $1.75 billion bailout to broadcasters. Glad to vote against it.

Rep. James Lankford (R) @SenatorLankford

Important read from @Reuters: Obama's bold deficit pledge comes back to haunt him http://t.co/WCRLktgE

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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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