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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Susana Martinez (R) @Gov_Martinez

RT @AdamFeldmanABQ: Must-read. Lawrence Rael (@Rael_for_NM ) used city lobbyist to push bill only aimed at helping him. #nmgov #nmpol http://t.co/3hGa8OkUNF

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Kevin McCarthy (R) @GOPLeader

RT @weeklystandard: Obamacare Contractor Pays Employees to Spend Their Days Doing Nothing http://t.co/h01Uci6Rap

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Bruce Westerman (R) @WestermanAR

Westerman Announces New Radio Ad: “Tell The Truth.” Please RT! http://t.co/AVOW4M7ueb #ar4 #argop #arpx #TellTheTruthTommy

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Rep. Bill Flores (R) @RepBillFlores

Employees at an Obamacare processing center worth $1.2B claim to not have enough work to go around. #GovernmentWaste http://t.co/eGVVjchWxt

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Dennis Daugaard (R) @dennisdaugaard

RT @AberdeenNews: Poll: Daugaard has hefty lead in gov race; Pressler muddles Senate race: Six months before the general electio... http://t.co/9pedEL8TDZ

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Jim Inhofe (R) @jiminhofe

$474 mil spent on 4 Obamacare failed programs. RT if you agree we need to REPEAL OBAMACARE http://t.co/52JJFdixPb http://t.co/J9wPV95DIE

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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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