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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Politicians We Follow

This may be an incomplete list. If you think we're missing someone, please email us with their Name, State, Political Party, Office they hold or are seeking and, of course, Twitter handle. Thanks!

DickDurbin Dick Durbin IL Senator Democrat
FredDuVal Fred DuVal AZ Gubernatorial Challenger Democrat inactive
Eck4Senate Alieta Eck NJ Senate Challenger Republican inactive
champedmunds Champ Edmunds MT Senate Challenger Republican inactive
repdonnaedwards Donna F. Edwards MD House Representative Democrat
DonnaFEdwards Donna Edwards MD Senate Challenger Democrat
EdwinWEdwards Edwin W Edwards LA House Challenger Democrat inactive
eggman4congress Michael Eggman CA House Challenger Democrat inactive
JessEhrlich Jessica Ehrlich FL House Challenger Democrat inactive
SeanEldridge Sean Eldridge NY House Challenger Democrat inactive
keithellison Keith Ellison MN House Representative Democrat
EllisonCampaign Keith Ellison MN House Representative Democrat
RepReneeEllmers Renee Ellmers NC House Representative Republican
Renee4Congress Renee Ellmers NC House Representative Republican
JoAnnEmerson Jo Ann Emerson MO House Representative Republican inactive
ElizabethEmken Elizabeth Emken CA House Challenger Republican inactive
tomemmer Tom Emmer MN House Representative Republican
RepTomEmmer Tom Emmer MN House Representative Republican
RepEliotEngel Eliot Engel NY House Representative Democrat
EnyartforIL12 Bill Enyart IL House Representative Democrat inactive

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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.