Day 121: 9/18/19

While I was with Pete Buttigieg, who was collecting big bucks in person, other campaigns such as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Joe Biden were trying to collect big bucks online. Or small bucks. Any bucks? Please?

What’s this?

For the first time in a while, Kamala Harris restrained herself to only sending 3 emails on Wednesday, the same amount that Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, and Bernie Sanders did. Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Tim Ryan, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang all sent 2 emails.

It’s perhaps worth noting that I did donate $1 to Steyer when it was confirmed he’d be on the debate stage. I actually donated to him twice, once through my personal account and once through my BTE account (it was an accident, I was still logged in as myself in ActBlue!). Despite this, he’s only sent me a grand total of 1 donor email.

Speaking of donors…

Even with Kamala Harris toning down her fundraising push, asks for money outweighed all else. Harris was heading back to Iowa to double down on her strategy there. She offered me reasons why I should donate to her, and also offered me a totally free sticker.

Cory Booker was struggling for money too, with a plea for help finishing off his $250,000 mid-month fundraising goal.

I should remind you, that deadline was midnight on September 15. Booker seems to believe that as long as he keeps pushing out the date, he hasn’t actually missed it.

Booker also launched his plan for workers’ rights.

Elizabeth Warren is trying to butter me up with a potential phone call of gratitude. Her donation buttons seem to have crept up a little bit: as a donor, her minimum button is now $20. She also hasn’t mentioned her Beer with Elizabeth contest in a while.

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has remembered he has a wall he’s trying to put names on. If I donate, my name could go up… or the number beneath my name could! He is so close to 1 million donors, if only I’d help out…

Amy Klobuchar is pretty happy with herself, but the New York Times said that the “great winnowing” has begun, and now it’s a sudden death round for Democrats. I don’t think it’s quite that close yet, but I have no doubt that the first week of October will see some dropouts.

Interestingly, Joe Biden almost had a good fundraising email. Almost.

This is going to be a little different than our normal emails. Give us a moment to explain:

President Trump just took a sledgehammer to the Obama-Biden Administration’s climate change legacy. This morning, he announced that he’s revoking California’s power to limit auto emissions.

Higher fuel emission standards make the air we all breathe cleaner, keep us healthier — and keep the American auto industry competitive in the global marketplace. We need a president who believes in science over fiction.

We know what you’re thinking — none of this is surprising anymore. Of course, Trump is putting polluters above people.

Whether you choose to donate to this email or not, we have one simple ask:

Please — don’t become numb to the real damage that Trump wreaks on our country and our planet.

We need you to be vigilant. The strength of our campaign really depends on you. And the future of our planet depends on who is sitting in the Oval Office in 2021.

Team Joe

This wasn’t a standard “IMAGINE THE SHOCK ON TRUMP’S FACE!” email from Biden. It actually sounded like a man who… loves this country. Who is sad by what is happening. Who wants to rally Americans together to fight against the true damage that Trump is wreaking.

And then he stumbled at the finish line.

If you’re still reading this far, thanks for taking the time. We didn’t want this to sound like all the other fundraising emails in your inbox so we neglected to mention one last thing:

Trump tweeted all this while he was in California for a big-dollar fundraiser. So yes, that means we need donations to cut in to Trump’s historic fundraising advantage. (see, that sounds like something like you’re used to hearing in one of these emails, right?)

These headlines may come and go, but the pain that Trump is inflicting on future generations will last past this news cycle.

So if you’re ready to take action to defeat Trump, elect Joe Biden, and take real action to tackle the climate emergency, today’s a great day to show it.

Team Joe

Honestly, if the first two paragraphs from the last quote were removed, this would have easily stood on its own as the most powerful fundraising email Biden had ever sent.


You may have noticed a lack of Pete Buttigieg in the fundraising recap. I did go to a big fundraiser of his last night, which you can read about in the previous post here, but also, Buttigieg didn’t ask for money. (Technically he did, but his donate buttons were beneath the signature with no attention being drawn to them, therefore it doesn’t count. This applies to all candidates). Buttigieg instead emailed to let me know that 58 mayors and former mayors wrote/signed an op-ed in U.S.A. Today endorsing him for President, and then sent a second email from his Latinx Engagement Director who was introducing himself and asking the Latinx community to reach out to him for volunteer information if they were interested. He was celebrating the start of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15).

Interestingly, no other candidate mentioned that.

Andrew Yang informed me it was important that we blow all his goals out of the water if we want to win, and he set a new goal of $250,000 in 48 hours to show the media that they need to stop underestimating his campaign.

Meanwhile, Beto O’Rourke went all-in on his assault rifle ban, pointing out Trump’s negative tweets and asking me to prove him wrong with a donation and also telling me about a petition NRA was circulating to “say no to Beto.” O’Rourke was sending around a counter-petition to count how many said yes.

And despite all of this craziness, Marianne Williamson was staying true to course, telling me love doesn’t look away and neither does she.

Jared Kushner said in an interview that he’d told his father-in-law a few years ago that there were a lot of angry people out there; that they could harness all that anger and make him president.

When I read those words I thought, I see a lot of wonderful, decent, loving people out there; we could harness all that and change the world.

Marianne Williamson
And now the email frontrunner and the polling frontrunner is the same person.

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