Day 43: 7/2/19

The campaigns were still quiet two days after the end of the FEC Q2 deadline. Only 34 emails hit my inbox from 13 different campaigns. 17 came from 11 non-donor lists, and the other 17 came from 12 donor lists.

Oh, and people were asking for money again.

Restraint was the name of most games.

Julian Castro has decided to stop pretending he’s someone he’s not. His debate performance left him fired up, and he flung emails harder and faster than Tim Ryan, dropping 4 emails per mailing list in my inbox compared to Ryan’s 3. Bernie Sanders came in third, sending 2 emails to my non-donor list.

Castro started his 4 emails off with this ironic line: “I’m speechless.” He then proceeded to tell me how he was almost to the next debate and just needed a little more support. Also, he was going to be on Rachel Maddow’s show tonight. Also, he was just about to go on stage at Maddow’s show. Also, he just got off stage at Maddow’s show.

I think he wanted me to watch his performance on Maddow’s show.

For 3 out of his 4 emails, Castro asked me for donations. So did many other candidates. Kamala Harris hit me with another ask for a donation to keep up her momentum: a new poll has her within the margin of error of first place! Amy Klobuchar also wants money to keep her momentum going.

Bernie Sanders released some of his campaign numbers, touting an $18 million fundraising amount from nearly 1 million individual contributions.

Now is a good time to point out some language the campaigns use. Contributions means how many times money was given to the campaign. Contributors means how many people gave. If one person gave one million times, that can be counted as one million individual contributions but only one individual contributor.

Individual contributors and contributors can also be different. If a person gave in Q1 and Q2, they can be counted as a new Q2 contributor but not a new individual contributor to the campaign. If a person gives five times, they could technically be counted as five contributors, but only one individual contributor. Individual contributors are the fundraising value the DNC is using for debates.

Average contribution can also be a little tricky. Some campaigns specify average online contribution, and therefore don’t have to count the number of big checks they collect from fundraisers. As a note, this doesn’t necessarily happen for malicious reasons. With online donations, programs such as ActBlue automatically track this sort of data and can provide reports with a click of a button, while offline donations require more manpower to include in the system.

Anyway, Sanders went on in his email to compare his number to “Another presidential campaign” that announced nearly $25 million (Pete Buttigieg, if you remember yesterday’s post). He wanted to remind me that he’ll have difficulty keeping up with candidates who hold dozens of private fundraising events courting high-dollar donors because he does things differently. As a result… can I chip in $2.70?

Elizabeth Warren has finally gotten around to thanking me for my effort, and she managed to do so without asking me for anything else.

Cory Booker offered me a petition to sign and wrote a lengthy email detailing the problems with the current immigration system and what he would do on Day One as President to deal with the migrant detention centers and the true crisis on the border. He laid out some of his immigration policies and linked me to his website to find more information. In his call for help, there was no donate button in his email.

Castro has a long way to go to catch up to Ryan.

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