Day 203: 12/9/19

Monday brought a lot of money asks. Michael Bennet dropped a new policy. Marianne Williamson dropped a survey. And Julian Castro preached about integrity.


For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! 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!

It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.

The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.

Several campaigns are quiet

Monday was a quiet day, with 4 emails from Pete Buttigieg and Julian Castro. Joe Biden sent 3 emails, but no one else sent more than 2.

Almost no one didn’t ask for money.

Michael Bennet released his policy to end poverty in America. Rather than ask for a straight donation, he asked instead that I simply sign a petition to show my support. This is a fairly common strategy when policies are released. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders almost always do it.

Amy Klobuchar offered up her 2020 membership card again, for a donation, but because you’re technically “buying” something, it gets counted as a merch ask instead of a donation ask.

Marianne Williamson gave me a survey of her campaign thus far and how she could improve for 2020. When I took a look at it, her donation question did have a “No, I’m unable to donate right now or maxed out…” option.

Her survey itself wasn’t all that impressive: what’s my favorite pillar of her six-party wholeness plan, how should she spend her money, do I have any other ideas? And can I donate? Please?

More variety here.

When it came to why candidates were asking for money, there was a bit more of a spread.

Bernie Sanders was fretting about Joe Biden’s super PAC. He was also fretting about his opponents having money.

Today, Joe Biden’s super PAC went on the air with a massive television ad buy. Mike Bloomberg is blanketing the airwaves almost everywhere with the largest ad buy in primary history. And Pete Buttigieg is taking time off the trail for a trio of private, high-dollar fundraisers in New York City.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

Last I checked, fundraisers were part of the campaign trail. Just saying.

Joe Biden, on the other hand, was fretting about Trump and his Pennsylvania rally. Last time Trump rallied there, after all, he said that Biden had deserted Pennsylvania when his family moved to Delaware… when Biden was a child. I can’t believe this is a genuine line of attack Biden is concerned about, but hey… it’s Trump. Anything goes.

Cory Booker is very worried about his chances to be on the debate stage. With just three days to go and four polls needed, it’s a bit too late for anything he does to change any results. He’s still holding out hope that a huge ad buy will save his spot.

Andrew Yang is also worried about December, but his path to the debate stage is more reasonable. He just needs one more poll, and it is crucial, he reminded me, that we stand with him right now. If I donate, I can get my name on the record as one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

When history looks back at this moment in our country, you will go down as a member of one of the most powerful forces in American politics — the Yang Gang

Yang 2020 HQ

Yes, that’s his own emphasis.

Julian Castro fantasized about the moment he’d send Trump off in Marine One to the great big… wherever Presidents go when they’re done being President.

On January 20, 2021, the incoming President will usher the outgoing President out to the White House lawn, where Marine One will be waiting to take him to Mara-lago, or Trump Tower, or … wherever.

He’ll get on the helicopter and the last thing I’ll say as he’s about to take off will be: “ADIÓS.”

Julian Castro

However, the real kick in the teeth, I felt, was the subject of the last email of the night that Castro sent.

Does it, Castro? Does it really?

Sure, he’s talking about impeaching the President and how important it is that our next President have integrity… but this comes just two days after he sent an email plagiarizing Cory Booker. That is not, by any stretch of the definition, the meaning of integrity.

Exactly 200 emails separates Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg.

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