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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RepScottPerry (R) @RepScottPerry

@benwren @heelziggler Best talent currently on the @WWE roster!! Glad to see him rewarded.

RepScottPerry (R) @RepScottPerry

RT @terrymadonna: Actor Wesley Snipes was released last week from McKean federal prison in Pa--where he served 2.4 yrs for tax evasion. Very little coverage.

RepScottPerry (R) @RepScottPerry

#Truth | “@PAGOP: Schwartz most liberal DEM ever to run statewide in PA. Doubles down on that by announcing candidacy on MSNBC's Maddow”

Johnny Isakson (R) @SenatorIsakson

RT @NorahODonnell: "I think it deserves a vote up or down" - GOP @SenatorIsakson on gun control legislation; will meet w Newtown families today @CBSThisMorning

David B. McKinley (R) @RepMcKinley

The House-passed budget would balance in 10 years, while the President’s won’t balance #ObamaBudget http://t.co/hcpE19DHNh

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Team Mitch (R) @Team_Mitch

First they attack our right to bear arms, then they wiretap. Stand up against the liberal left with Sen. McConnell: http://t.co/k3TqtkeASW

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Johnny Isakson (R) @SenatorIsakson

RT @RickFolbaum: Thanks to @senatorisakson for joining us on @FoxNews. Says there'll always be political extremists but that we need to govern from center.

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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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