Day 220: 12/26/19

The day after Christmas is no longer a holiday and therefore fundraising is no longer off the table! With FEC deadlines looming, EVERYONE is in the giving (asking to be given to) spirit.


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.

Holidays are over. Bring on the FEC deadlines

Pete Buttigieg sent 5 emails on Boxing Day, but Joe Biden wasn’t far behind with 4. Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang all sent 3 emails.

Remember how yesterday was mostly Info emails?

Making up for the holiday break, most of the emails sent on Thursday were straight up asking for money. Elizabeth Warren offered a bit of an incentive with a free sticker to people who hadn’t already donated to her, while Andrew Yang and Bernie Sanders both plugged their merch shops. Bernie Sanders also asked me to take a quick poll on how he’s doing as a campaign.

Honestly? Not good, in my opinion. His emails are always telling me that even though his campaign is doing great, I’m not doing enough to support him. He likes to emphasize how much he is being attacked and how much he can attack his fellow candidates instead of emphasizing how he is building a stronger nation. (United in hatred of the rich doesn’t make you healthy, it makes you hateful.) He also keeps talking about how much he doesn’t have a Super PAC.

He has at least two. Our Revolution is nakedly supporting Sanders, while a recent super PAC of nurses has endorsed him. But they’re not coordinating with the campaign, his supporters say.

That’s part of the definition of a Super PAC. A Super PAC cannot coordinate with the campaign.

It’s probably a good thing I don’t take these polls. I don’t think they’d like to hear my responses.

I’d laugh if I were actually surprised.

I have a feeling the remaining few days of the year are going to be entirely like this: Fundraising up the wazoo and next to nothing else.

Tulsi Gabbard talked about how her campaign was in the Holiday Hole, a time when fundraising dries up during the holidays, and she needs my help to get out of it. Cory Booker talked to me about how the odds are definitely not in his favor, but any time you try to tell Booker he can’t do something, he rolls up his sleeves and gets it done. Pete Buttigieg wanted to tell me about some of the awesome stuff his team had gotten up to and how my funding helps keep it going, and Tom Steyer crunched the numbers and still needs 607 donors from Michigan to qualify for the next debates.

Deval Patrick surprised me by sending an email at all. He wanted to talk to me about the FEC deadline and how it means so much more to him because this is the FIRST FEC deadline since his campaign began. Everyone was going to be looking at it to see if his campaign had what it took to keep going, and all of the other candidates already had months to build up millions in their campaign chests.

He said that as if it weren’t his own poor decision-making skills that jumped him into the race so late.

Elizabeth Warren has decided to take a leaf out of Andrew Yang’s book and talk about how she had never imagined being President, never looked in the mirror as a little girl and thought “Yep, that’s a future President,” never put it on her bucket list, or her shopping list, or anything like that.

Shopping list was her words, not mine.

She and Yang both seem to be implying that someone who has been actively preparing for a job position is a bad thing. I don’t know about you, but I want a President who wants to be the President for the right reasons, and has wanted to be the President. Someone who has actually taken some steps to get some preparation under their belts: an understanding of how to deal with foreign countries and how to respect other traditions and cultures, an ability to form teams of experts they can trust and rely on, the ability to keep organizational secrets… you know… secret. People with experience serving other people, not just bossing them around.

I will never understand why President of the United States is one of the few jobs where it’s considered uncouth to go “yeah, I was living my life in preparation of one day being capable of doing that job.”

Warren’s not the only one being… unusual with her emails as the FEC deadline draws closer. I wrote in my notes that this following email read a bit like an attempt at holding me hostage in exchange for my money:

He’s missing the third option.

In this email, Joe Biden’s spokesman seems to be indicating that either I can read his email in its entirety or I can just give him $5 and he’d go away.

He completely forgot the option to just delete and ignore the email altogether.

Buttigieg and Yang used to be neck and neck. Now look at them.

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