Day 186: 11/22/19

Friday brought a lot of donation asks, with Marianne Williamson making me feel the worst. Julian Castro had the best debate night in a long time, and Elizabeth Warren wished me a happy weekend.


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 17 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!

Quite a talkative Friday.

Julian Castro and Amy Klobuchar both sent 4 emails on Friday, while Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren all sent 3. Pete Buttigieg, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang sent 2 emails each, while Steve Bullock, Joe Sestak, and Tom Steyer finished off my inbox at 1 apiece.

We’re getting some variety again.

Marianne Williamson sent another letter from a supporter of hers, 87-year-old Char Potterbaum, who hopes she lives another year to see Williamson take office. She wrote an email about how two of her friends messaged her the same thing about Marianne on the same day, and that’s what made her pay attention. In addition to the usual plea for money, Williamson also pointed out that I too could write an email for her.

I’m not going to. So many of Williamson’s emails make me feel a little slimy, like those televangelists who say that all I have to do is trust them enough to send them more money than I could afford and God would reward me. I mean…

I hope you will watch her videos, read her issues platform, look deeply into her policies, and then wipe your eyes, clear your heart and send her some support

For my grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and for your children and grandchildren (if you have them), and for everyone’s children, please donate generously to Marianne’s campaign, to see this dream become reality. 

She can’t do this without us.

You will be blessed!

Char Potterbaum for Marianne Williamson for President

I don’t believe any of the candidates are The Chosen One, and I feel like any candidate who believes that (see: Mike Pence) is someone who should not be allowed anywhere near the White House.

Just how Williamson asks for money bothers me too. Most campaigns try at least once to go “Hey, this is what we can do with your $5 or $25 or $100! Clipboards or gas or pizza for our volunteers!”

Give us money so we can have money.

Williamson didn’t even bother to pretend she’d use my money for anything physical and useful in a campaign. She is also the only candidate who has repeatedly and frequently included buttons directly asking for $2,800 donations. I don’t know why the front runners get upset with each other for having tickets at that price when Williamson sends out emails asking for the max contribution.

However, I do feel like those front runners can go too far the other way. Bernie Sanders made a point of saying he doesn’t ask wealthy people for money in one of his recent emails. As a not-wealthy person myself… why shouldn’t the wealthy people pay their fair share for a Presidential campaign? I can’t afford to give $200/month, but for a wealthy person, that’s pocket change! Why not ask for it?

I know, I know, corruption. But I also heard that Sanders has gone so far as to return money that was donated from a billionaire’s spouse. He really is going to make the working class shoulder the financial burden of his campaign, so he can cling to some made-up purity.

If you don’t want to be corrupted, don’t do favors for money. Take the money and stick to your own morals and ethics. If they’re giving it to you and you don’t give them anything in return, doesn’t that mean they are agreeing with you?

Isn’t that what we should want?

Back to emails as normal.

Though the debates are over, some candidates can’t let them go. Julian Castro is still ecstatic over how well he did by not being on the debate stage. He had a better night after the debate he wasn’t on than the last two debates he was on!

In true Castro-logic, this clearly means that he needs to get back on the debate stage. He still needs 4 polls, and 200,000 donors.

Cory Booker was also ecstatic, but not because he wasn’t on the debate stage. He was on the stage, and he did such a great job that he met the donor threshold for December. He pointed out how usually on the 22nd, he asks for donations of $22 because that’s his average online donation, but while he was still going to ask for it, he was also going to be grateful for all we had already given him. Now he just needs those polls!

Amy Klobuchar was also celebrating her excellent debate night, but she’s looking forward at winning Iowa. Michael Bennet tried to make an argument that what we need now is an anti-corruption President, and that will totally be him, while Kamala Harris told a story about when she was canvassing for Barack Obama and met a Black woman who said “They’re not going to let him win.” Harris talked the woman into trusting in hope and believing in change, and what do you know, Obama won? This election, she said, was going to be even harder, but she still trusts in hope and believes in herself.

Pete Buttigieg shared the results of his recent survey.

My “Better emails” answer didn’t make the chart.

I found it interesting that Climate Change was at the top of the results, since most of the general polls I’ve seen says that healthcare is the number one topic. (Joe Biden says his people care most about beating Trump). Buttigieg went on to say 55.26% of respondents felt his Medicare for All Who Want It was the most important part of his healthcare plan, and fully funding the VA was the most important part of his Veterans and Military Families plans.

Finally, Elizabeth Warren won Friday by doing dog emails the right way. She sent a bunch of pictures of her pup, Bailey, with no real ask other than “have a good weekend! Hope this brightens your day!” (There was a donation ask, but it was below the signature and therefore didn’t count).

Joe Biden is closing in on 500 emails.

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