Day 156: 10/23/19

On Wednesday, Julian Castro wasn’t as panicked as he’s pretending to be, Joe Biden invoked Obama with a picture, and Beto O’Rourke was looking for new ideas.


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!

I had a sinking feeling this was going to happen…

Julian Castro has climbed even higher, to 5 emails on Wednesday. We still have a week to go before the end of the month push from the various campaigns. Castro has just gotten started early. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke all only sent 3 emails, while Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang all sent only 2.

Castro’s emails WEREN’T all fundraising…

When Julian Castro asks for money, he is desperate. “TRAGIC ending” one email started. “I won’t sugarcoat this.” “in dire need.” However, Castro did send one email asking for volunteers.

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to volunteer with Team Julián — the time is now.  

Our campaign needs to raise $800,000 by October 31st to stay in the race, and the good news is that we’re on pace! However, we’re going to need to keep up our outreach to thousands of past donors and prospective donors to thank them for their support and ask them to pitch in again.  

You can help from home — make phone calls or send texts with Team Julián remotely.

Once you sign up, we’ll send you everything you need to join our virtual field office and get started. We use digital platforms to facilitate the supporter to supporter outreach, and you don’t need to use your own number.  

We hope we can count on you to help us reach our goal! Sign up today to make calls or send texts with us.

Lillie, Julian for the Future

Did any of those previous subjects indicate that Castro was on pace for hitting his goal? Of course not. If he’s not stoking fear for his campaign’s life, why would people donate at all?

According to a tweet from Castro late on Wednesday, he has already raised over $233,000 of his $800,000 goal. Congratulations, Castro. (I still want half the field to drop out so I can get some free time back!)

Beto O’Rourke, on the other hand, is full of confidence.

It’s hard to express how grateful I am to see how many of you stepped up in the past week to help get me on the debate stage next month. 

Earlier today, I found out that we received one more qualifying poll –– putting us one giant leap closer to meeting the requirements for the debate. 

You made this happen. I’ve never been more confident that with your help we can get this done. Will you chip in $3 or anything you can to help us beat the November 13 deadline to qualify for the next debate?

This campaign has always been about defying the odds.

We didn’t decide to run because my platform got a stamp of approval from people in Washington or because we had a consultant-approved plan to cruise through the election. 

We started this campaign because there are people who have been waiting for a very long time for a leader who will fearlessly fight for them. There’s a lack of courage in our politics and people are paying a serious price for it.

Our children are practicing lock-down drills before they learn multiplication, folks who have lived in the United States for decades wake up fearful everyday that ICE will send them to a country they don’t call home, and families are begging strangers online to help pay for their medical bills because their insurance refuses to cover their health care.

Every time I get on the debate stage, I bring these stories –– and the thousands of other stories you’ve shared with me on the road –– because this campaign has always been about fighting for you.

Thank you for helping us make sure we have the chance to do that again next month. We’re so close to making this happen –– please chip in $3 or whatever you can before time runs out.

Beto O’Rourke

Following up on the John Delaney/Steve Bullock feud from yesterday about campaigns hosting sweepstakes contests, O’Rourke also tried to jump in the fun.

There’s been a lot of firsts in this election.  

In a crowded race like this, we’re all competing to do different things to get people’s attention and convince them to support our campaign. Some candidates are offering to get a beer with them, tickets to musicals, or even threatening to leave the race if their supporters don’t help more.  

We’ve been brainstorming a ton here in our El Paso office about what we can do to inspire more people to support Team Beto and chip in to our campaign. We’re open to all ideas!

But now we want you to join in on the brainstorm! Will you join our Beto Supporters Brainstorm and share your ideas on how we can take our campaign to the next level?

Join the Beto Supporters Brainstorm »

We want to hear all of your ideas! 

Team Beto

Cory Booker, meanwhile, reminded me that he still had his dinner sweepstakes running, Pete Buttigieg said Chasten is super excited about his Hamilton date (“Chasten’s been wanting to do this since early on in the campaign. He is a drama teacher, after all! And his passion for theater (especially “Hamilton”) is something he’d love to share while getting to know a member of Team Pete like you.”), and John Delaney waved his World Series tickets again.

Has this changed at all from yesterday?

Most people wanted me to donate, though Joe Biden went a bit overboard. Not as overboard as Castro, but still…

This is definitely the email of a man who isn’t leaning on Obama as a crutch.

Biden also told me how he was still a scrappy boy from Scranton even though he’s served Delaware for over 30 years. Scranton never leaves you, apparently. Good for Scranton?

Amy Klobuchar made sure to thank me for my support so far. She’s been having a great week since the last debates, and she’s so close to getting into the November debate! (As of this morning, she made it!)

Steve Bullock pointed out that he went to a small town in rural Iowa that had gone to Trump, and that the people there were more than willing to vote Democratic if they were only given something worth voting for. He expressed amazement that very few candidates had come to this town.

Iowa, New Hampshire… be grateful that you get mostly blanket covered by the candidates. In the non-early states, “candidate didn’t come to my town” covers most of the country. If we all voted based on who came to our towns, most of the country wouldn’t vote at all. Here’s this rural Iowa town saying that “not many” candidates had shown up.

Lucky Iowa town is all I have to say. I think George W. Bush came to my town once. Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg both campaigned about 40 minutes away from me.

Anyway, Andrew Yang is also pushing for a lot of money himself. He wants to make a huge ad buy so people can know who he is, so he’s trying to raise $1.5 million dollars. Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, is glad that corporate America is terrified of a Warren presidency.

I kind of like how Yang and Buttigieg keep catching each other in number of emails sent.

3 thoughts on “Day 156: 10/23/19

  1. “We didn’t decide to run because my platform got a stamp of approval from people in Washington or because we had a consultant-approved plan to cruise through the election.”

    Well, Beto, maybe that would have helped getting the necessary polls needed for the debate stage more easily. Just a thought. Also the consultant line is so pre-October debate. Can we find something new to complain about others who are (for the moment) doing better than you?


      1. This!
        One thing I’m pretty sure of is that if Pete’s campaign came to an untimely ending, he’d take the entire responsibility by stating something like “I didn’t earn the right to be the nomine and good luck to this person that we’ll all have to support to defeat Trump”. Guy isn’t even tweeting about how unfair the criticisms based on the selective takes on his words are.
        Integrity is really a rare thing.


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