Day 133: 9/30/19

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to make it through Monday. Every time I thought I was caught up with my inbox, another 10 emails had flooded in.

There is only one image that can show you the full scope of the day’s emails. Marianne Williamson, will you do the honors?

Tag yourself. Which donate button are you?
Sweet baby inbox, why did they have to hurt you this way?

Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson all sent out 6 emails each. Kamala Harris held steady at just 5, while Cory Booker, Steve Bullock, Beto O’Rourke, and Andrew Yang had a positively modest 4 emails.

You were expecting something else?

You should not be surprised that most of the emails were about fundraising. You might be surprised that some emails weren’t.

Though there were some mentions of what the campaigns were up to or the debates or Trump, all of the emails did come back to raising money.

Except two.

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Team Tom

Tom Steyer doesn’t need our silly money, so he didn’t care all that much about the fundraising deadline. He emailed to invite me to address Donald Trump directly.

I’m not entirely sure if Steyer realizes how narcissists operate. Telling Trump “you hurt me, specifically, look at my face, you hurt me,” is not going to make him feel bad or guilty or shamed. He’s going to puff up with pleasure that he affected this nobody’s life. He’s affecting ALL the nobodies in America! It’s going to give him energy and a much-needed (for him) ego boost in these difficult times.

So no, Steyer, I will not be helping you cheer Trump up.

Marianne Williamson’s one non-fundraising email was much nicer and more wholesome.

Dear Friend,

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the beginning of what is called in Judaism the High Holidays.

Many of us have received calls, texts and emails from friends and loved ones with the traditional New Year’s greeting, “Shana Tovah,” which translates to “a good year.” Rosh Hashanah is followed by ten days known as the Days of Awe, followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. 

Religious holidays reflect universal themes found in all the great spiritual traditions. The Days of Awe are a meaningful concept for everyone. They are especially powerful and resonant for Americans now, reminding us to reflect on the deepest truths about our country, reconcile with the God of our understanding, and prepare ourselves for new beginnings.

Americans need to reflect deeply these days, about who we are as a nation and the larger purpose of a free society. We need to think about how we were created, where we’ve gotten it right as a country, where we’ve gotten it wrong, and our responsibility to right what is wrong and pave the way to a better future. We need a spirit of national atonement, in which we reconcile with our deepest principles.

Let’s have reverence for those in the past who, with their own struggles, created greater possibilities for all Americans. As citizens of this country now, may we do in our time what they did in theirs.

To all of you, Shana Tovah. May your days ahead be filled with wonder.

With love,

Marianne Williamson

Of course, this was just the first of her 6 emails. She then proceeded to spend the rest of the day begging me for money with large and rainbow-colored butotns.

Info was Williamson’s Rosh Hashanah email.

Merch on Monday was all about Elizabeth Warren’s stickers and Andrew Yang’s hat. Not the gold embroidered hat from the weekend, but a normal signed hat.

It’s probably just the .gif quality, but that hat looks faded.

Gotta say, I kind of miss Hickenlooper’s beanies. Everyone else just has baseball caps. I never wear baseball caps.

Tim Ryan was demonstrating a fundamental misunderstanding of what the FEC deadline meant.

At midnight tonight, all of our financial records will go LIVE on the FEC website, which means everyone — including our competitors — will have access to our numbers.

Tim Ryan

Nobody’s financial records went live on the FEC website. Not even by the time of this posting, 19 hours after midnight.

At the FEC deadline, campaigns have to draw a hard line in their records. They then have two weeks to compile a report of all of their income and outgoing finances before that hard line and the Q2 line, and then they submit these reports to the FEC. The FEC then processes the data and uploads it to their website.

We won’t be getting these records until the middle of October at the earliest, unless campaigns specifically choose to release their data themselves.

Joe Biden summed up the day nicely in an email.

We know you hear all the time “THIS IS OUR BIGGEST DEADLINE YET.” and it’s hard to tell if that’s true.

But look, all you have to do is look at the news to know why having a strong, well-funded campaign has never been more urgent. Every day, Donald Trump finds new ways to demean the office he holds, abusing his power to attack Joe Biden.

So this is your last chance to add a donation and be on our PUBLIC donor list. Chip in below to make sure Joe knows you have his back:

Joe Biden HQ

This email was sent, by the way, at 12:11 PM on Monday. See that “last chance to add a donation” line?

He sent me four more emails after this one. Last chance my butt.

Michael Bennet emailed me with examples of previous non-front runners who went on to win their elections. He failed to point out that none of them were running in a field of 20 and ranking near the bottom. It was simply enough for him to point out that he still had a chance, technically.

Tom Steyer did send some fundraising emails, but his graphics team was… underwhelming to say the least. Not that I was expecting much from a campaign that lifted Marianne Williamson’s logo and made it masculine.

I didn’t realize gold was one of his colors.

Compare this to John Delaney, Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, all of whom had dynamic countdowns or scrolling text in their images.

URGENT ran across the red banner repeatedly
It didn’t say “bad news” when I got it.
She had a timer running.

Regardless of your opinions of their brands, Delaney, Sanders, and Warren were definitely on brand. Steyer was just… there.

However, Steyer wasn’t the worst of the emails. The award for “tried the hardest, didn’t make it” definitely went to Admiral Joe Sestak.

It sort of makes me want to give him a hug.

This poor man is clearly showing what a shoestring budget can get you.

I thought for sure Harris would break 300.

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