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!

PRyan Paul Ryan WI House Representative Republican
TimRyan Tim Ryan OH House Representative Democrat
ForwardTX Paul Sadler TX Senate Challenger Democrat inactive
SalahiTareq Tareq Salahi VA Gubernatorial Challenger Independent inactive
salmoncongress Matt Salmon AZ House Representative Republican
RepMattSalmon Matt Salmon AZ House Representative Republican
LorettaSanchez Loretta Sanchez CA House Representative Democrat
RepLindaSanchez Linda Sanchez CA House Representative Democrat
SenSanders Bernard "Bernie" Sanders VT Senator Independent
BernieSanders Bernard "Bernie" Sanders VT Presidential Challenger Independent
BrianSandoval Brian Sandoval NV Governor Republican
GovSandoval Brian Sandoval NV Governor Republican
MarkSanford Mark Sanford SC House Representative Republican
RepSanfordSC Mark Sanford SC House Representative Republican
RickSantorum Rick Santorum PA Presidential Challenger Republican
RepSarbanes John Sarbanes MD House Representative Democrat
JohnSarbanes John Sarbanes MD House Representative Democrat
RobertSarvisVA Robert C. Sarvis VA Gubernatorial Challenger Independent inactive
SarvisPress Robert C. Sarvis VA Gubernatorial Challenger Independent inactive
BenSasse Ben Sasse NE Senator Republican

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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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