As the week continues, the campaigns ramp up. 45 emails hit my inbox from 16 campaigns. 24 of those came from all 16 campaigns to my non-donor account, while the other 21 came from 14 donor mailing lists.
We had our second Democratic dropout on Monday with Swalwell, but he was replaced by Democratic billionaire Tom Steyer, who is running to get money out of politics. Nevermind that this is Steve Bullock’s passion project, or that there is an unfunny irony in a billionaire campaigning on getting rid of money in politics, Steyer has decided that another rich old white guy is exactly what the Democratic primary needs. (Steyer is 62 years old.)
Steyer jumped right in with both feet, sending 2 emails in his first day, which tied him with Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Beto O’Rourke and was only one behind Tim Ryan and his 3 emails.
Tom Steyer started off simply enough with a thank you for joining his team and an ask if I’d take the next step and donate $1. I declined. Until he qualifies for a debate, I will not be helping him qualify for a debate. He then followed it up with a campaign update that I felt was perhaps a bit… premature.
You’ve been with me from the beginning, so I wanted you to be among the first to know about my plans.Tom Steyer
Steyer announced his run early on Tuesday morning (after announcing in January that he wouldn’t run for President). He sent that message at 10:35 AM, EST. Been with him from the beginning? It still was the beginning!
Steyer’s second email did, at least, have his logo. Unfortunately, it looks like the masculine version of a logo already in play. Tell me, am I the only one who sees this?
A couple candidates mentioned Mitch McConnell’s Senate challenger, Amy McGrath. Both Kirsten Gillibrand and Michael Bennet reminded me of the importance of winning the Senate (and getting McConnell out) and asked me to split a donation between themselves and McGrath.
Beto O’Rourke also had an outside ask, but he asked me to sign up to attend a Lights for Liberty vigil. Apparently throughout the country on July 12, there will be a nation-wide (possibly even world-wide) vigil to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants in America. You can go to their website to find a local vigil near you.
Surveys were popular on Tuesday, with several candidates wanting to know my priorities for the next debate stage. Julian Castro claimed to need 10,000 responses for an accurate sample size for his survey, but I did the math, and really… he only needs 385. (245.5 million eligible voters in America, for a 95% confidence rate with a 5% margin of error (standard confidence in a statistical test), 385 people chosen at random would be able to create an accurate sample size.
Of course, he’s not choosing at random by emailing his supporters, so his results will be biased no matter what, but still, he doesn’t need 10,000 responses. He might need to send 10,000 emails to GET 385 responses, but high school statistics was all I needed to do the math. (Well, that and Google, because high school statistics was a LONG time ago…)
Cory Booker and Joe Biden also wanted to know my July priorities, while Kirsten Gillibrand wanted to know if I thought healthcare in America needed to be protected. (Gee, I don’t know how to answer that). On the other hand, Pete Buttigieg asked how service, whether giving or receiving, affected my life.
The Republican attack on the ACA was a topic of several emails today, as was McGrath’s announcement to run against McConnell. Several candidates, including Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro let me know what they’ve been up to, though Castro told me about his Fourth of July, which was nearly a week ago now.
Castro really isn’t the best at keeping me up-to-date in a timely fashion.
On the other hand, Cory Booker told me about Swalwell and Steyer, while Kamala Harris pointed out that she had great momentum but was being outraised by candidates who had pulled in $20+ million or Steyer, who had pledged to spend $100 million on his campaign.
Tim Ryan, meanwhile, wanted me to watch a Now This video on how he was using mindfulness and yoga to heal veterans’ trauma, while John Delaney tried the short-but-sweet email demanding one thing:
Finally, Elizabeth Warren just wanted to suggest that in light of her truly amazing fundraising haul, I should give her some more money. Because money solves all problems.
Or, wait, was that what Steyer says?