Days 250 and 251: 1/25/20-1/26/20

Pete Buttigieg was on Fox this weekend. Did you know he was doing a townhall on Fox? I knew he was. How did I know?

He emailed me.

7 times.


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.

I don’t even blink anymore.

Pete Buttigieg emailed me a total of 12 times over the past two days, while Elizabeth Warren hustled to catch up with her 9 emails. Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar finished off the top three by tying at 7 emails each.

The difference is almost entirely one candidate.

On Sunday, Pete Buttigieg was making sure I knew about his Fox News Town Hall, so he was sending me email after email, just in case I missed one. He sent 4 more emails on Sunday than he did on Saturday, pretty much making up the difference between the days all on his own.

Media Appearances was entirely one candidate.

All 12 emails about media appearances this weekend came from Pete Buttigieg, though this chart includes both donor and non-donor emails. Buttigieg actually sent a total of 23 emails, so he did talk about more than just going on Fox. For instance, he talked about his speech at the Council of U.S. Mayors in D.C., a recent New Hampshire poll that had him in second place to Bernie Sanders and beating Trump by 10 points, and pointing out how rural Americans are feeling seen and valued by him and are turning out in the hundreds to thousands for his town halls.

Of course, in every email, Buttigieg was asking for money.

No one else had a big town hall to lean on, so they had more pure fundraising asks. Amy Klobuchar thanked me for all I’d already given and asked me to continue my support. Michael Bennet was back on the campaign trail after the impeachment trial and needed donations to help catch up. Joe Biden needed to catch up to the candidates who outraised him last time, so he needed money fast.

After qualifying for the eighth debate in February, Andrew Yang stressed that they absolutely cannot fail hitting this goal, not even by just $1. The only thing that can hold their momentum back is a lack of resources. After doing the math, they needed $400,000 every day to hit their $3 million goal.

(Never set a daily goal.)

Dipped below 3/4ths

It wasn’t all money asks over the weekend. Amy Klobuchar, Michael Bennet, and Bernie Sanders all sent me surveys asking what the campaign should be focusing on. Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren asked me to phone bank for them, while Mike Bloomberg wanted me to share my story with him.

Tulsi Gabbard railed about how the corporate media was deliberately silencing her voice by not inviting her to have a CNN town hall in New Hampshire before the primary. They invited Deval Patrick, but not her. She didn’t say what the criteria were for this town hall, nor could I find any information online about it, but interestingly, Mike Bloomberg, Michael Bennet, and John Delaney were also not invited.

I did find criteria for CNN’s Iowa town halls, which were canceled due to the impeachment trials.

The network said that they extended invitations to candidate who qualified for the most recent Democratic debate, as well as candidates who reached at least 3% in national telephone polls between Nov. 26 and Jan. 17.

I find it hard to believe that Deval Patrick qualified with this criteria and Mike Bloomberg didn’t. It will be interesting to see if CNN puts out a statement about their New Hampshire town halls with the fuss Gabbard is making about it.

Finally, Joe Biden reminded me that this next week is the most important week for the Iowa caucus.

I translated that as: hold onto your britches, we’re gonna flood you with emails.

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