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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John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Dear Vlad, Surprise! Surprise! You won. The people of #Russia are crying too!

John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Must-Reads- Diehl: The end of Putinism http://t.co/YEg2HlyL & Samuelson: Sequestration would be a dagger to defense http://t.co/JaVee5Tp

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Sen. Tom Coburn M.D. (R) @TomCoburn

Politwoops no longer follows this account.
Our current economic crisis requires leadership. Person best equipped to solve our urgent problems is @MittRomney. http://t.co/eaHjEFfG

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JeffFortenberry (R) @JeffFortenberry

As a reminder, under federal ethics laws, no comments on campaign/election issues are allowed on this page. Be... http://t.co/4lVsvBwY

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Rep. James Lankford (R) @SenatorLankford

RT Chairman Graves’ latest Op-ed: Stop Rising Gas Prices From Killing Small Business http://t.co/aAuT9pdQ #SmallBiz #Keystone #4jobs

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John McCain (R) @SenJohnMcCain

Great to see @IRIglobal #Egypt staff in my office this morning - they do incredible work http://t.co/TESjBV76

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Bill Shuster (R) @RepBillShuster

Want to see what its like to fly in an F-16? http://t.co/pmlNmJNr. Simply amazing.

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Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (R) @RepGosar

Upon taking office in '08 Obama admin promised to be "the most open and transparent in history"-Another broken promise http://t.co/6Nh7i0JL

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Senator Pat Toomey (R) @SenToomey

http://t.co/GXHOtWA1 Glad to be in Indiana County visiting Joy Mining Machinery this afternoon. I appreciated via http://t.co/2goWTXek

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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.

Get the archive data file.