Days 222 and 223: 12/28/19-12/29/19

Quite a busy weekend, with even Marianne Williamson remembering that she’s running for President! Pete Buttigieg outstripped everyone on the email front, as always, and Joe Biden made me very uncomfortable.


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.

Two days. Just TWO DAYS.

Pete Buttigieg sent a massive 12 emails over the weekend, averaging 6 emails a day. Joe Biden was in second place with 9 emails, while Elizabeth Warren was “slacking” at only 8 emails in 2 days.

And it’s not the end of the year yet. These numbers will only grow.

This is what I expected.

Sure enough, Sunday had more emails than Saturday. I expect Monday to have more than Sunday and Tuesday to have more than Monday and Wednesday to have nearly nothing. Anyone want to make a bet?

Over 90% money asks.

Non-donate asks are getting squeezed out by the pleas for money, though even that is a bit deceptive: most of the merch asks are free stickers with a donation. Andrew Yang did let me know that I could pre-order his new winter merch (and that it counted as donations). Elizabeth Warren offered me a 15% discount on her merch store for first-time buyers only. She didn’t offer it to me as a donor even though I’ve never bought her actual merch before. As a donor, I just got another offer of her Tax the Ultra-Rich sticker.

In his weekly update, Tom Steyer invited me to take a survey about his campaign and/or to do some virtual phone banking for him. In addition, he suggested I donate a dollar. After all:

I’m going to be honest: Tom doesn’t usually ask people for money. But this campaign is different — it’s powered by people who are inspired by his vision for our country. 

Jenna Narayanan, Senior Advisor, Finance, Tom 2020

Steyer does not yet have 225,000 donors. I find it very hard to believe that his more than $80 million spending came from fewer than 225,000 donors. Saying his campaign is “powered by” those donors is really stretching the limitations of the truth.

I’d say they’re trying to keep their emails diverse, but let’s be real: no they aren’t.

Marianne Williamson sent a handful of emails about her upcoming talk in D.C. on January 1st. For a registration fee of $20.20, you can watch it on an exclusive livestream! She also remembered she was campaigning for President and there was an actual FEC deadline coming up.

On Tuesday, we have our final 2019 FEC filing deadline.

We need to raise $143,390 more by midnight Tuesday. We will keep you updated on our progress. 

We need your help. Every single donation makes a big difference. Will you help?

2020 will be an amazing year. We are so grateful to have you on this journey with us. 

Patricia Ewing, Campaign Manager, Marianne Williamson for President

That, so far, is the entirety of Williamson’s asks for FEC deadline money. That and some colorful donation buttons.

Deval Patrick sent an email a day reminding me that he really needs to catch up to everyone else. He joined the race late, so he doesn’t have the advantages they do.

Patrick has never told me why he joined the race late. Why he looked at the current field of candidates and decided it was lacking the experience and perspective he could bring. Why he felt the risk was worth it. The man has never even attempted to convince me that he provides something different from the 27 other candidates that have been considered “serious” at some point or another. He’s the guy who showed up to the marathon an hour late and is complaining that everyone else is way ahead of him.

While most of the candidates are focused on their campaigns and how poorly they are doing (Buttigieg is perhaps the only major campaign not openly fretting about making his goal in every email), Joe Biden went in a direction I can only describe as… cackling?

(The 28,000 is flashing)
That’s it. That’s the email.

Here’s the thing: when I read an email like this, I picture Joe Biden standing over Donald Trump and laughing as he shoves his face in a toilet. “HAHA, you FAILED! You SUCK!”

And no, I don’t like Trump. I don’t support Trump in any way. I respect the office of the Presidency, but I have not seen any indication that Trump has actually executed the duties of that office.

But at the same time, Trump is a human being. Like it or not, he is an American. He’s one of ours. He’s utterly reprehensible, but he is still a person with a life and thoughts and emotions and therefore (and I can’t believe that I have to type this, THANKS BIDEN) has some worth.

There is something Bernie Sanders said in a town hall that wasn’t well accepted, but which I actually agree with: incarcerated felons should have the right to vote while incarcerated, because once we start chipping away at that right for one group of people, it’s a slippery slope to chipping away at it for others.

I feel like that sentiment–once you start othering and belittling one person, it’s easier to other and belittle another–is important here. No. We don’t like Trump. He has done more to damage our country than probably any other single person ever. But if it’s okay to “devastate Trump,” what about his administration? The people actively working to promote him and his destructive tendencies? Okay, now, what about his supporters and enablers, the people who put him in office?

Where do we draw the line of who it’s okay to hate and who it isn’t?

Sometimes, it really sucks to hold the moral high ground, but we hold it because it is important. We can despise Trump and everything he stands for, but when we start using it as a source of our unity or joy… then how is our uniting around our hatred of Trump any better than Trump’s supporters uniting around their hatred of Obama?

As many politicians have continuously reminded us, especially Cory Booker in his emails: Impeachment is a sad event for our country. Yes, we’re getting rid of someone bad for our country, but it means that our systems have failed us to allow that to happen. We shouldn’t be joyful that we’re censuring someone unfit for office, or running against them, or embarrassing them. We should be sad that such actions are necessary, and we should be determined to make our systems stronger so we won’t have to use such actions again.

We’re so close to turning the page to a critical, defining year for our country.

This election isn’t a referendum on just one guy in one office — it’s so much bigger than that. This is about who we are as a country and who we want to be.

Will we be leaders in the fight against climate change, or continue to deny its existence and deregulate the fossil fuel industry? Will we declare that health care is a human right, or keep denying people access to the care they need to survive? Will we live up to our ideals as a country and welcome refugees and asylum seekers, or strip away their dignity and hold them in cages at our border?

This is what’s on the ballot in 2020, friend. We have a chance to show courageous empathy in this election — if we choose to show up for each other.

If you’re with me in this fight, I need your help to hit our $800,000 fundraising goal — make a donation to my campaign before the end of the year.

Cory Booker

When they go low, we go high. Always.

Bernie Sanders has nearly reached 400 emails himself.

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