Day 164: 10/31/19

Happy November, everyone! There have been some backend changes here at But Their Emails!

First of all: the URL has changed! We are now officially! The old will still work, but the new URL should be easier to remember and type.

We are also ad-free! Thanks to the generosity of donors (thank you, Teri!), BTE has proved self-sustaining enough to warrant an upgrade. No more icky right-wing ads will ruin your reading pleasure!

Ad-free costs money, though, so I also upgraded my Ko-Fi account. Now you can make a monthly reoccurring donation for set-it-and-forget-it ease! You can still buy me single Ko-Fis as well, though now it’s my favorite hot drink: cinnamon tea!

The current Ko-Fi goal is for seed money to set up some merchandise. I’m looking into partnering with for a BTE line that I hope to get up and running soon. Those of you following me on Twitter have gotten some sneak peeks at some of the designs I’m working with an artist to bring to life. I’ll let you know when this goes live! (And for those of you who follow me but don’t support Buttigieg, don’t worry, my merch doesn’t support the Buttigieg campaign. The owner of BEEM is a friend of mine and that’s why I’m partnering with him–he knows what he’s doing already!)

With BTE updates out of the way, let’s look at Thursday! Halloween was a spooky day for my inbox, with over 100 emails and everyone trying to close out their fundraising goals. Elizabeth Warren was kind enough to bribe with a picture of herself in a Halloween costume, while other candidates changed their display name or provided cute pets or children in costumes as attempted bribes.


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 18 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!

Thankfully, end of the month comes but once a year.

Julian Castro won the day with 6 emails in 24 hours. His attempt to raise $800,000 was unmatched by any other candidate, though Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Marianne Williamson came close, with 5 emails each. Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, and Elizabeth Warren all sent 4 emails on Thursday, while Michael Bennet and Bernie Sanders contented themselves with just 3.

It’s worth noting that Marianne Williamson sent the same email 2 times to each email address, which inflated her numbers. It was a story from one of her supporters about how Williamson inspired her to register to vote at age 39 and how she’ll be casting her first vote for Williamson.

They were breaking out all the stops.

Julian Castro was, of course, humbled, while many other candidates tried to explain why they were asking or tell me their backstory. Kamala Harris had an unusually convoluted explanation.

Subject: I’m asking you to contribute before our midnight deadline. Here’s why:

Body: I’m reaching out to you one more time to ask you to make your first contribution before tonight’s end-of-month fundraising deadline.

Your contribution today is so important. I hope you’ll give me a moment to explain why…

Kamala Harris

So she explained that she was going to ask to explain to ask to explain to ask for money. I think? Regardless, she wanted my money.

Far more enjoyable was this email from her husband, Doug.

It’s been a little while since I checked in, so I wanted to write you a quick note.

While Kamala has been campaigning across the country, I’ve been doing the same. It’s not very often that she and I get to be in the same place at the same time. Although, we did have a very serendipitous airport run-in on my way from Las Vegas to Omaha. Just look:

Doug (Kamala’s Hubby)
This is a good picture of Harris

I do feel bad for the candidates’ partners who don’t get to see their partner all that often. It must be rough, seeing your partner more on magazines than in real life.

Nobody was telling me they were good when there was still time in the month.

Nearly a full quarter of the emails I received were from candidates who were behind on their goal with only hours to go. Joe Biden, Michael Bennet, Elizabeth Warren, John Delaney, Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren all emailed me to let me know that they were worried they weren’t going to make enough money.

Definitely not surprising.

Some of the candidates were nice about it. Some were desperate. Some were just weird. Julian Castro continued to not match his subjects to his email: This could be my last email/We’re almost there! Castro FORCED out of the race/We’re 95% of the way to our goal!

Joe Biden had it in his head that his fundraising numbers (which, I may remind you, are not made public until January) are what will make Thursday the worst day of Trump’s presidency, and I should give him $5 to stick it to Trump.

This is shaping up to be the WORST day of Trump’s presidency!

Trump thought he could break the law to dig up dirt on Joe Biden

But the House JUST voted to move forward with an impeachment inquiry

And you stepped up: we’re close to shattering our goal to help Joe beat Trump!

If we can raise $50,000 more before tonight’s end-of-month deadline, it would be a CRUSHING BLOW to Trump’s re-election chances.

We’re so close. You could be the one to put us over the top. Can you chip in before midnight to make this Trump’s WORST DAY EVER?

Team Joe

Also in attempts to raise money, candidates were not above using Halloween pictures.

Elizabeth Warren sent a picture of herself and her granddaughter.

Warren Halloween Costume
Little Bo Peep and her lost sheep.

Pete Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, sent a picture of their dogs.

Buddy, sunflower, and Truman, Avacado.

And Marianne Williamson sent this photo of kids dressed up as candidates.

I also recognize Warren, Biden and Bernie, but I don’t know who else is there.
Other was Williamson asking us to write her emails for her.

Overall, though, everyone wanted money.

And Joe Biden has hit 400 emails!

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