Over the weekend, Mike Bloomberg made waves, Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard announced cold-weather gear, and Andrew Yang complained about the debates.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 2 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!
Joe Biden seized the weekend with 8 emails in 2 days, followed by Pete Buttigieg at 6 and Cory Booker and Kamala Harris tying for 5. Mike Bloomberg joined the race with 1 email.
The weekend was fairly balanced between Saturday and Sunday. Saturday received only one extra email.
Pete Buttigieg has already started up a debate contest for December, though his isn’t the first campaign to do so. Tom Steyer had tickets for the December debates as a potential prize for people who donated… and Steyer hasn’t even qualified for December yet. He’s still trying to get the necessary donors. At least Buttigieg is offering tickets to an event he’ll definitely be present at!
Mike Bloomberg entered the primary race on Sunday, but he was already being talked about the most. Cory Booker pointed out a fact from a New York Times article:
“The scope of Mr. Bloomberg’s ad buy is staggering. It costs more than some smaller campaigns have spent all year on advertising, and more than what Senator Cory Booker had raised in donations from February through the end of September.”New York Times
Julian Castro also lashed out at Bloomberg for his ad buys.
As I’m sure you’ve seen by now, Billionaire Mayor Bloomberg has entered the 2020 Presidential race.
You know what that means:
– TV airwaves will be flooded with his ads.Julian Castro
– He pledged to spend $100 million on Facebook alone.
– Like Trump, the news is going to give him endless free media (not that they need it.)
Steve Bullock was also upset about yet more Big Money coming into the Democratic primary.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg just announced he’s running for President.
He’s already vowed to spend a whopping $30 MILLION on TV ads — just in one week!
Now that Bloomberg is dominating the airwaves, it’s more important than ever that we keep our ads on the air.
But if we don’t raise $275,089 more in the next 7 days, we’ll be forced to go dark! Can you chip in right now to make sure we don’t have to cancel our critical ads?Steve Bullock
Of course, Mike Bloomberg himself had to send a welcome email to me.
Mike is running for President to get big things done and solve tough problems. That starts with creating more good-paying jobs and providing quality health care for every American. It also means reducing gun violence, fighting climate change, fixing our broken immigration system, and raising taxes on wealthy individuals – like Mike – to make the economy work for everyone.
We can rebuild our country – and make it fairer and better. And Mike is ready to get working and once again bring people together to find meaningful and lasting solutions to the big, important challenges that we face.
That’s the true spirit of this country – and the time to act is now.
Here are three ways you can get involved right now:
More soon but in the meantime, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work.
Thanks for being a part of this right from the beginning,Team Bloomberg 2020
Notice anything missing from that email?
No donation ask.
Bloomberg has said he will not be taking campaign donations, and sure enough, I couldn’t find a donate button on his website. He did have a campaign merch store, which counts as campaign donations, but no straight donations.
Already, I can tell we’re going to have some issues. His campaign logo doesn’t even capitalize his own name.
Though Bloomberg didn’t ask for money, he did ask for volunteers, social media sharing, and email forwarding. Anything to start spreading his message.
Merch has been a growing ask. With Black Friday this week, the holiday shopping season is revving up, and campaigns are trying to capitalize on that. Amy Klobuchar specifically suggested holiday shopping on her store, while Tulsi Gabbard launched some winter-weather gear.
Gabbard also launched a diatribe about how October was her best month thanks to the smear campaign from Hillary Clinton and the corporate smear machine and does this woman not realize she’s running on a message of unity and respect for everyone?
Pete Buttigieg suggested I film a short video of my story why I support the Buttigieg campaign, while Andrew Yang expressed his displeasure over the media blackout. He railed against MSNBC for giving him an unfair amount of speaking time.
Tanya’s analysis so far revealed that actually, Yang was the only candidate who did not use his entire allotted speaking time.
The above graph is for questions asked of the candidates only and does not include rebuttal time.
It’s worth noting that in addition to other candidates not calling Yang out and thus giving him response seconds, Yang also did not use all of his allotted time. It is not the network’s fault if you do not give long answers.
Andrew Yang has plenty of reasons to be upset with his coverage on MSNBC, but by focusing his anger on the things outside of the network’s control–how long he talks and how much other candidates talk to him during a debate–instead of things that are under the network’s control–being left off of graphics and out of poll recap information–he comes across looking petty and childish. It’s frustrating to watch, because the man does have a decent argument for media mistreatment. He’s just squandering it in favor of crying wolf.