Day 155: 10/22/19

On Tuesday, Elizabeth Warren had a new sticker, Joe Biden and Marianne Williamson let their supporters read their emails, and John Delaney and Steve Bullock were on the attack.


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 19 candidates for the Democratic Presidential Nomination! This blog breaks down recent emails with charts and excerpts. If you already know all of this, feel free to skip to the next chart!

I signed up to all mailing lists either on May 21 or the day the candidate announced, whichever was later. Using a different email address, I have donated at least $1 to all candidates who have been on a debate stage (I have given additional donations to my preferred candidates through my personal email, but the campaigns have linked the two accounts together and may ask for more as a result).

When showing breakdowns by campaigns, there will usually be 2 numbers. Emails to my non-donor account will be indicated by a darker color/top bar in horizontal bar charts. Emails to my donor account will be indicated by a lighter color/bottom bar.

Unless otherwise specified, all other charts combine the donor and non-donor numbers, as they are roughly 1-for-1, so the percentages and relative differences don’t change much. You can divide the numbers in half to get the rough estimate for what someone not signed up twice would be receiving. The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.

If you want specific data on any particular day, feel free to drop a comment!

Looks like someone is maintaining his pace…

Julian Castro again sent the most emails, with 4. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris both sent 3 emails to their supporters. Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Marianne Williamson all sent 2 emails each.

Donations and donations

Pete Buttigieg advertised his Halloween merch via email on Tuesday, while Elizabeth Warren has a new sticker, one you don’t even have to donate for.

In honor of her public school plan.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden is trying to tempt me into engaging with him with an October Strategy Survey or asking if I support the impeachment inquiry (I do).

Kamala Harris came out against Trump again herself, as if I didn’t already know where she stood. She told me that we cannot allow Trump to be President, so I should donate to her so she could defeat him. Also, she has a 3,000 donations daily goal that she just barely made on Monday and was struggling with on Tuesday.

Amy Klobuchar is very excited about her headlines after the debate, but she still wants more funds so she can try to raise her status in the polls. Michael Bennet wants more money so he can defend his Medicare-X plan against the Republicans. Marianne Williamson would like me to donate to her so she can create her U.S. Department of Peace.

Bernie Sanders is slowly convincing me that he pulls his emails out of a hat one line at a time. Take a look at this one.

Great news:

Right now we have more donations in October than we did by this point in September. That’s amazing – and it’s all because lots and lots of people are chipping in to stand with Bernie.

Now, some bad news:

Our average donation this month has dipped to around $15, and now we’re a bit behind where we need to be to reach our October fundraising goal.

Bernie is very proud that this campaign is funded by working people. But the truth is that the lower average means we need even more donations to keep pace.

Since you haven’t made an online donation yet, we are hoping you can make your first one today. It’d mean a lot to Bernie, especially during this critical month for our campaign.

Can you contribute $2.70 today? Your donation will help us catch up on our October fundraising goal while putting us in a position to win this race.

We are the only campaign that is funded exclusively by grassroots donations. That’s important. Because not only is that how we will win this election – it’s how we will transform our country when we are in the White House.

Thank you for chipping in today to make that possible.

Team Bernie

Okay, so we start off with the good news/bad news rhetorical device. Good news: more donations in October than September! Yay!

Bad news: Average donation has dropped to $15 so they’re behind where they planned to be.

Sanders is proud that his campaign is funded by working people (but it’s bad that they can’t give him much). The solution to a low average donation is to ask me to make an even lower donation.

Also, why is October so critical? He told me it is, but he didn’t tell me why it is. Every month has been a critical month. If every month is critical, then no month is critical.

And that last full paragraph… is bullshit, for one thing. Sanders has transfers from previous campaigns and committees and those do have PAC donations. However, that aside… being funded by grassroots correlates to a low average donation which leads to not meeting your fundraising goals which leads to budget cuts which leads to winning the election?

I really don’t see how Sanders connects these dots.

Almost half of those fundraising emails were Castro’s.

Marianne Williamson and Joe Biden both sent me stories from an old friend of theirs on what makes them Presidential.

Dear Friend,

In 1989 in New York City, recently diagnosed with HIV, I discovered a support circle led by Marianne Williamson.

In that group, every week it was announced that someone had died.

Marianne sat with us, listened, and met us where we were. She never sugar-coated. She taught us how to live in the face of death.

I am so grateful for what she brought to me and to the AIDS community.

As a doctor myself, I always felt encouraged by her to do whatever was needed to save my own life, including taking medication.

Marianne looked AIDS in the eye and helped people find love and freedom in the face of death.

Tumultuous times call for extraordinary leaders and I know, first hand, she is that.

I donate to Marianne’s campaign imagining a world where everyone gets the love and support they need, as she gave me. 

Please join me by making a donation as well. 

We can make what Marianne made available to me, and likely many of you, available to our entire nation.

Paul Browde, MD, for Marianne Williamson for President

Compare that, if you will, to the letter written for Biden.

Today is International Stuttering Awareness Day. Please, take the time to read below and get to know Joe Biden. And once you’re done reading, can you chip in to send him back to the White House to represent us? Chip in to elect Joe Biden here »

There are certain moments you never forget — moments that end up changing the course of your life.

In my case, it was seven words, spoken to me by the Vice President of the United States backstage in Nashville, Tennessee.

It was the summer after sixth grade. I was a middle school kid with a debilitating stutter.

My mom had brought me with her to an event, where then-Vice President Joe Biden was delivering the keynote address.

An aide brought us backstage before the event — and there was Joe Biden. He pulled me aside, and said this:

“I hear we have something in common.”

He told me that he’d had a stutter when he was younger, too. That he’d been bullied for it. He told me how determined he had been to overcome it.

So he’d spent hours memorizing paragraphs of Irish poetry. Then he’d stand in front of the mirror in his childhood bedroom and recite them to himself, keeping the muscles in his face steady, repeating the passages again and again.

This is how he had overcome his stutter, he told me. And he told me that I could, too. He told me to never let my stuttering define me.

In that moment, he completely changed my outlook. I decided I wasn’t going to hide anymore — I decided to face my own stutter head-on.

I started speaking more in public — giving speeches, and facing my fears. And Joe checked-in and encouraged me along the way. We kept in touch over the years with letters. I’ll never forget a line from one of them, which read:

“Dear Campbell — I’m so very proud of you. You’ve grown to be just what I expected of you — an articulate, generous, wonderful young man with a heart of gold.”

Joe Biden knows that every single person in this country has had to deal with his or her own setbacks. And he knows that it’s how you deal with them — how you choose to get back up when you’ve been knocked down — that truly defines us.

That’s what has always defined Joe Biden. He never quits. He always gets back up.

I believe that we need a leader who truly understands what regular people are going through — who will stand up for them. Who will never quit.

That’s why I’m supporting Joe Biden’s campaign for President of the United States.

We all have more in common than we think. Joe Biden knows that. And that’s why he has my vote.

Campbell Parker, for Biden for President

I have to say, for a campaign run by an author, the letter from Williamson’s supporter felt flat to me, whereas the one from Biden’s supporter really made me feel warm fuzzies for Biden. I’m glad he was able to help Parker out.

I don’t think either of these letters convinces me that either candidate is the best suited to be President. But I did appreciate getting them both on the same day, so I could compare and contrast.

And yes, Julian Castro is still in dire need of $800,000 by the end of the month. He’s doubling down on the dramatics now.

I’m worried this could be the end of my campaign. I’m asking for your immediate $5 in this do-or-die moment to meet my critical $800K goal and keep this movement funded. >> 

I just made a tough and vulnerable announcement: 

I need to raise $800K by the next 9 days — or I will be forced out of this race. 

I’m so incredibly humbled to see your support flooding in. 

But truthfully, I’m worried it might not be enough to meet my do-or-die goal. 

I’ve used every breath I have in this race fighting for you. 

Right now, I’m asking you to fight for me with $5:

Julian Castro

He’s adding “tough” and “vulnerable” to “humble” for his favorite words. Also, do-or-die.

Also “forced.”

Some people are saying that while this is bad, Cory Booker did it too, so both of these “give me money or else I’ll drop out” ultimatums are groan-worthy. However, there’s a key difference between Booker’s and Castro’s.

Castro says “I need or else I’m FORCED OUT.”

Booker said “If I don’t have the support, I should stop running.”

Booker acknowledged that there’s no point running to lose, and if he can’t sustain his campaign, he doesn’t deserve to be taking time from those who can. Castro is acting like this is a horrible toll being shoved upon him that has nothing to actually do with him or how he’s been running his campaign. The difference between the two is precisely why I donated to help Booker stay in the race and why I will not be helping Castro.

However, the biggest laugh I got from the entire day was between John Delaney and Steve Bullock. Delaney started it, running a contest to raise donations.

Hey there —

Something you may not know about me is that I’m a BIG baseball fan. And I’m very excited about the World Series this weekend.

But I’m even more excited than usual because this year, I’m inviting a lucky winner (and their guest) to come watch the World Series with me!

Here’s how it works:

Chip in ANY amount ($1, $25, $100!) and you’ll be automatically entered to win two club-level seats to the World Series on Saturday 10/26. And we’ll cover the airfare and hotel to get you and a guest to the game!

DON’T WAIT! Chip in right now and you could win a FREE trip to the World Series →

When you arrive, I’ll have two seats next to me reserved just for you. We’ll chat about baseball, politics, news… or whatever you like!

I can’t wait for this World Series — and it would mean the world to me to have you join me. Chip in for your chance to win the free trip:

Good luck!

John Delaney

Yes, you read that right. Donation window closes by midnight October 24, so hurry and chip in if you want to go to the World Series!

Steve Bullock saw this contest and was just… done.

You’ve probably gotten a lot of emails with gimmicks to get you to donate to political campaigns. There have been quite a few in this campaign.

World Series seats. Tickets to Broadway shows. One literally offered free money.

You were probably told if you donate just $1, you’ll be entered to win unbelievable prizes AND help a candidate make it onto the debate stage.

Well, I don’t have any money or tickets to give you. But I do have a plan to give everyone in America a fair shot — and a record of winning a state Trump won.

If you think that’s reason enough for me to be on the debate stage, chip in $1 to my campaign for President:

Steve Bullock

Bullock also tweeted about it.

Delaney saw and tweeted back.

Oooh, burn.

It’s so relaxing watching the 1% candidates duke it out (good-naturedly) on the internet.

If anyone wants to make me a GIF of all of these Total Emails charts, I’d be enthralled.

3 thoughts on “Day 155: 10/22/19

  1. Yeah, the Delaney/Bullock spat was unexpected and so refreshing. Give you hope back! I still don’t understand the point of baseball but I guess tou have to he American or that sport to make sense.
    I finally listened to the final songs of Hamilton and I don’t think I could stand watching the show until the end. Yup, I cried.
    But I didn’t cry for Castro and I’m having hard time feeling sorry for him. Some introspection after he drops out could do him some good, I hope. His campaign has not been good, too negative, too whiny :-(.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. It made me smile, that’s for sure.

      I really have a hard time feeling sorry for Castro too. Especially with the number of emails he’s been sending me about it…


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