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!

RepMikeQuigley Mike Quigley IL House Representative Democrat
QuigleyCampaign Mike Quigley IL House Representative Democrat
GovernorQuinn Pat Quinn IL Governor Democrat inactive
QuinnForIL Pat Quinn IL Governor Democrat inactive
treyradel Trey Radel FL House Representative Republican inactive
DrRadForSenate Branko Radulovacki GA Senate Challenger Democrat inactive
RaeseForSenate John Raese WV Senate Challenger Republican inactive
GinaForRI Gina Raimondo RI Governor Democrat
GinaRaimondo Gina Raimondo RI Governor Democrat
cbrangel Charles Rangel NY House Representative Democrat
Rangel4Congress Charles Rangel NY House Representative Democrat
ratcliffetx4 John Ratcliffe TX House Representative Republican
RepRatcliffe John Ratcliffe TX House Representative Republican
SteveRathje Steve Rathje IA House Challenger Republican inactive
BruceRauner Bruce Rauner IL Governor Republican
GovRauner Bruce Rauner IL Governor Republican
Thomasravenel Thomas Ravenel SC Senate Challenger Independent inactive
Read4Congress Jim Read MN House Challenger Democrat inactive
RecchiaCongress Domenic Recchia Jr. NY House Challenger Democrat inactive
DomenicRecchia Domenic Recchia NY House Challenger 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.