Apologies for the late post! I swear I scheduled this!
On Monday, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders both promised me my donation determined the fate of the caucus, I dug into campaign’s swag bundles, and Tulsi Gabbard is determined to crush Hillary Clinton.
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.
Pete Buttigieg brings it home again with the most emails: 5. Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren all sent out 4 emails on Monday. Andrew Yang, at only 3 emails, hasn’t quite broken into frontrunner ranks. If the number of emails sent declared the winner, I think we can all go home now. It’s over.
(It’s not over. The number of emails sent does NOT declare the winner. Campaigns, PLEASE stop acting like it does!)
Speaking of going home, the caucus is decided, Joe Biden informed me that actually, unbeknownst to me, I get to choose the winner of Iowa!
Except, you see… I’m torn. Bernie Sanders says that I can determine the winner for just over half the price.
Several interesting things about Sanders’ email: once again, he is concerned with how many contributions. Once again, I’m struck by how little Sanders claims to care about the value of the donation so much as the fact that a donation is made. Except in December, Sanders supporters were incredibly vocal about Pete Buttigieg holding a contest for “lowest unique donation,” screaming about how he was trying to artificially lower his average donation value.
Bernie Sanders has been trying to keep his average donation value artificially low this entire campaign. Just like how he’s also being supported by multiple outside groups and PACs. He makes no mention of HIS outside support, just that the other B candidates have it. Except Michael Bennet. He doesn’t get any attention from Sanders.
There was some new merch on Monday as well, with Elizabeth Warren revealing a new enamel pin that is yours for only $25 (or more).
The design confuses me slightly. I get that the colors are the USA colors, but we usually say “red, white, and blue,” not “blue, white, and red.” Like this, it looks almost like a sideways French flag. I preferred her one year anniversary pin, which was Liberty Green, one of her signature colors.
Still, it’s not a bad-looking pin. I’m glad she didn’t go for a pin of her face. I’ve never seen a single face pin that looked good.
Andrew Yang advertised a bundle offer: one shirt, two bumper stickers, and a yard sign for 25% off. This, of course, made me wonder what sort of bundles were available from every candidate, so I did some research.
To begin with, Elizabeth Warren had the worst campaign store. I don’t know what was wrong with it, but every single page took FOREVER to load. It’s a shame, because she has a lot of cool merchandise, but hers was the only store I gave up looking for a bundle on because it was taking too long to dig through all her options.
Michael Bennet, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, and Elizabeth Warren all did not have swag bundles. Patrick’s store was the newest of the bunch, having been launched just last week, but it didn’t have much less than Bennet’s, which had been open for months.
The contents of various candidates’ swag bundles varied from candidate to candidate. Some candidates had multiple swag bundles. Tom Steyer had the most options, but his bundles were all themed, so I chose the one that was “generic Steyer supporter” and not specifically “impeach Trump” or “save the planet.” I wanted a bundle that someone who supported the candidate could buy to get a discount on swag to pass out to other interested parties.
|John Delaney||Bernie Sanders Small||Pete Buttigieg||Andrew Yang||Bernie Sanders Large||Tulsi Gabbard Starter||Tom Steyer||Tulsi Gabbard Supporter|
Bernie Sanders’ Small Organizing Pack is only good for the convenience factor. With 6 rally signs and 20 info cards (English only), this is a $16 value that Sanders is selling for $16. No savings for buying a bundle here.
Tulsi Gabbard has no false advertising here: her Starter Pack includes 3 stickers, 1 lapel button, 1 bumper sticker, and 1 t-shirt. All together, the total retail cost of this package is $39.95, and she’s selling it for $35, so this pack will get you a savings of 12.41%.
Gabbard’s Supporter Pack is a marginally better deal. It ads a double-sided yard sign and 2 additional bumper stickers to the Starter Pack, resulting in a $79.93 value for just $65. This comes out to an 18.68% savings.
For $3, you can get 2 John Delaney buttons and 2 John Delaney Bumper Stickers. The total retail cost of buying all of this swag individually from his website is $4, so this is a 25% savings!
Andrew Yang’s VOTE YANG Bundle is kind enough to show you the original cost of each item, which I did double-check. It offers 1 t-shirt, 2 bumper stickers, and 1 yard sign for $33.75. Compared to the original price of $45, this is also a 25% savings. Though the quantity of items is the same as Delaney’s, you do get bigger items. However, I’d say you’d only have 1 item to really give away (your spare bumper sticker), whereas with Delaney’s, you’d have 2.
The Tom Steyer Team Tom Bundle has a major jump in savings over the previous candidates. Though it is the second most expensive bundle, at $45, it includes 5 buttons, 1 hoodie, and 1 tote bag. The retail price of these items separately is $124.75, which comes out to s savings of 63.93%.
However, Bernie Sanders’ second bundle, the Large Organizing Pack, does one better. It doubles the number of rally signs and info cards from the small pack, going to 12 signs and 40 cards, while also adding 50 stickers I could not find elsewhere on the site. However, all of Sanders’ other stickers come out to $5/sticker, so I considered that for the price. All together, this pack is a $282 value for just $35, for a savings of 87.59%.
Just when you think you can’t get a better deal than Sanders, Pete Buttigieg offered up his Pete Supporter Pack. The pack includes 100 stickers, 25 buttons, 25 rally signs, and 100 info cards. His stickers were also exclusive to his pack, but he sold similarly-sized stickers at 3 for $8 on his website, so that is the price I went with. I could not find a price for the info cards, so I estimated them to be $0.01 each. If they are actually worth more, your savings will increase. Even at just a penny, this pack is worth a massive $312.67, and Buttigieg is selling it for just $30. That is a savings of 90.41%. In addition, this pack provides the most swag to pass out to fellow supporters, with extra buttons, stickers, and rally signs by the bucketful.
And yet I didn’t get any email about it.
Instead of talking about his merch, Pete Buttigieg instead talked about how successful his Fox News Town Hall was. He invited me to join him in a conference call Tuesday evening, and he quoted a New York Times article accusing Trump’s team of trying to help Bernie Sanders get the nomination.
Buttigieg wasn’t the only one going negative. As we saw earlier, Sanders was lashing out at Biden, Buttigieg, and Bloomberg for having outside money/billionaires. Tulsi Gabbard was also still raging against Hillary Clinton.
BREAKING: TWO new polls released today show Tulsi’s growing strength in New Hampshire, both counting as qualifying polls for the February debate.
One of these polls was conducted by CNN. Yes, that’s correct; CNN’s OWN polling qualifies Tulsi for the debate in the same week as denying her a presidential town hall — showing Tulsi 1 point behind Amy Klobuchar, tied with Andrew Yang, and 3-5 points AHEAD of Tom Steyer and Deval Patrick who were both invited instead of Tulsi.
If this seems like a blatant attempt by the establishment media to silence our voices right when we’re gaining strength, and rig the primary — it’s because it is. We cannot let Tulsi be counted out in these critical days before the New Hampshire primary. Can she count on you today to double-down on our ad spend in New Hampshire?
CNN won’t provide a reason for why it is refusing to give Tulsi the air time, but here’s a guess: They are making her pay for her vocal criticism of the Clinton War Machine, the corporate media and the DNC establishment elite.
The cost to our movement is millions of dollars, and countless voters: CNN’s primetime televised town halls are being held just DAYS before the New Hampshire election where Tulsi is showing the most momentum on the ground. In a tightly contested election with so many undecided voters, this exposure is critically important.
That’s why WE need to do all we can today to overcome this attempt to suppress Tulsi’s message and silence our voice.
We don’t have much time left to show the strength of our campaign — every day matters right now, and TODAY we need to pull in some big numbers if we’re going to be able to compete.
Thank you for doing all you can, friend.TULSI2020
Does she realize that Hillary is out of the government right now and not actually running for President? It certainly doesn’t seem that way.
Again, I’m not sure why CNN didn’t invite Gabbard to their town halls. If it were me making the decision, though, I’d say it had to do with her attitude.
It is interesting, though, to see that her fundraising asks have been creeping up. $25, $29, $35, and now $50? Gabbard is desperate for money. That’s why she’s doing everything she can to keep her name in the news.
Meanwhile, Amy Klobuchar is excited about a new Emerson poll that puts her in third place in Iowa! Klobuchar has 13%, beneath Sanders and Biden but ahead of Warren and Buttigieg. This is the first time she’s broken into the top three, so I can’t fault her for being excited.
Finally, Mike Bloomberg is offering the trip of a lifetime: say why you support him, and you just might win tickets to see the Super Bowl in Miami!