Days 145 and 146: 10/12/19-10/13/19

A correction for yesterday’s post: Amy Klobuchar did release her Q3 numbers: $4,800,000. This puts her between Beto O’Rourke and Cory Booker.

The FEC reports come out tomorrow…

As far as the weekend goes, there was a lot of fundraising going on for Q4 and the month of October. Kamala Harris clapped back at Trump Jr. for an insulting tweet, and Tom Steyer wanted me to get to know him.

Busy weekend

With 7 emails to her donor list, Kamala Harris was once again in the lead for most emails sent. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Marianne Williamson all took second place with 6 emails each.

I have a feeling Sunday is the last “day of rest” before the debate craziness begins on Monday.

What I found interesting was how many campaigns had wildly different email numbers between their donor and non-donor emails. Pete Buttigieg sent double the emails to his non-donors (6) as he did to their donors (3), while Elizabeth Warren sent many more emails to her donors (5) than she did to her non-donors (2). In fact, Buttigieg didn’t email his donors at all on Sunday, while Warren didn’t email her non-donors at all on Sunday!

The debates are on TUESDAY, and fundraising was still more important…

The problem with the fundraising goals this month is that Cory Booker set a goal for $3 million, and Elizabeth Warren set a goal for 2 million contributions. Any time I try to graph the goals of all the candidates against each other, those two mega-goals dwarf the others by comparison. Still, they are all out there:

  • Amy Klobuchar is trying to raise $75,000 by debate night.
  • Pete Buttigieg set a goal of $500,000 by Saturday night.
  • Cory Booker is more than halfway through the month but not halfway to his $3 million goal for October.
  • Elizabeth Warren is getting close to her 2 million overall contributions goal, but she’s tracking behind for her October fundraising goal.
  • Joe Biden needs $500,000 by Monday to beat Trump’s record-breaking amounts of money. He gave me a custom donation suggestion of $5. Coincidentally, this is the same donation suggestion he’s been making the entire time, and the same amount he suggested I make as both a donor and a non-donor.
  • Beto O’Rourke has decided he needs to raise $4.5 million in six weeks, and he laid out his plan for moving forward. It hinges on using the early states to catapult him into a good place for Super Tuesday.
  • Andrew Yang has set his MOST AMBITIOUS GOAL YET of 40,000 donations by debate night, but as the weekend wore on, he grew more and more despondent about his chances of hitting that goal.
  • Marianne Williamson had a goal of $200,000 by the end of Sunday.
Buttigieg’s AMA was the 3 other asks.

Steve Bullock launched some new merch, though he didn’t exactly tie it to his fundraising.

This looks familiar…

I think Bullock’s design cements the fact that 2020 is apparently the year of the “flying” words.

This is Bernie Sander’s latest sticker.
Joe Biden did it after the last debate.
But Pete Buttigieg did it first, according to my emails.

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted about Kamala Harris’ habit of being the first (and, he claims, only) person to laugh at her jokes. Harris struck back with an email about how he must really be struggling if mocking her laugh is the best he’s got.

(Side note: NEVER mock how someone laughs. It’s the best way to get them to stop laughing forever.)

However, it was her tweeted clapback that took off and became her most retweeted tweet of the campaign, which she proceeded to email me about as well.

Spellcheck is really struggling to keep up with all the variations of “tweet” in the English language now.

Gotta admit, I retweeted that too.

Tom Steyer, meanwhile, is trying something different. He’s asking for money too, sure, but just $1. That’ll help keep him in future debates. No, Steyer sent me a video in which he talked about how he got to the place he is today. Actually, his wife sent it out.

It must be nice, not having to worry about money. I wonder how much he actually pulled in in Q3.

We are nearly at 7,000 emails since May. This is a problem.

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