Day 254: 1/29/20

The asks on Wednesday were not a very diverse crowd. Every single one of the campaigns that emailed me asked me for money. How they asked varied, from the desperate (Joe Biden) to the creepy (Andrew Yang) to the optimistic (Pete Buttigieg).

Total 6610
Non-Donor33 10

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.

You do not need to make up for the fewer candidates in the field.

Once again, Pete Buttigieg made my inbox runneth over with 7 emails in a day, followed by Joe Biden who only managed 5. Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang slid into a three-way third-place finish with 4 emails each.

I saw this and literally laughed out loud.

Pete Buttigieg had a volunteer call he’d like me to participate in the morning of the Iowa Caucuses, while Joe Biden asked if I could host a phone bank for him. You know, Superbowl Sunday is a great time for phone banking, because you’ll already be gathered with all your friends and can easily make calls before the big game!


Nobody else asked for anything other than money.

HOW they asked for money had a little variation

John Delaney is still hanging on, and he released his plans to fix the government. It has five parts:

  1. End Gerrymandering
  2. Protect Voting Rights
  3. Overturn Citizens United
  4. Debate the Congress
  5. Support Bipartisan Legislation

The first three are promised by all the candidates. The last two seem to be Delaney-specific proposals.


I don’t understand how debating Congress will get anyone seeing opposing points of view. No one who isn’t already firmly entrenched in their political beliefs will turn on C-SPAN to watch Democrats and Republicans argue with each other. And only bipartisan bills in the first 100 days of his presidency? Well, there goes climate reform, women’s rights, gun control, health care changes…

Delaney said he was going to stay in through Iowa.

I hope I see his farewell email on Tuesday.

Let’s see, what is everyone else doing?

Amy Klobuchar has fantastic momentum going into the Iowa caucus and needs me to donate to keep it up and make sure she’s the strongest candidate going into it. The New Hampshire Union Leader has endorsed her, and she is feeling good.

Andrew Yang also has fantastic momentum going into the Iowa caucus, except that his fundraising has really slowed down, and if they don’t hit their Friday goal, they’d be slamming on the brakes at the worst possible moment. Yang is showing his technological chops by tracking my every movement when it comes to giving him money.

Stop watching me!

Honestly, this isn’t that hard for a campaign to do. Create a list, send an email. Create a new list from that list of everyone who has not donated in the last 24 hours. Send another email. Done. But this isn’t the first time Yang has specifically commented on my donation habits. One time, I accidentally clicked a donation link in one of his emails and ended up on the donation page. I quickly closed it. Soon after, I got an email going “Hey, we noticed you started making a donation. Care to finish it?”

No. Stop watching me. That’s creepy.

Deval Patrick is another candidate with some serious momentum, though his is in New Hampshire. However, he told me, in perhaps the most honest of any candidate, momentum means nothing if you don’t have the infrastructure to support it. So he needs money, and fast.

At least he’s honest.

Elizabeth Warren is so happy with how much Michigan has stepped up since she sent out her last email asking Michigan to step up, but the truth is, Michigan hasn’t stepped up quite enough yet, so she needs me to send her more money. Like Yang, she noticed I hadn’t donated yet (on my non-donor account), so she gave me five good reasons why I should donate to her right now.

Spoiler: It didn’t

Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has turned his attention away from Iowa and is focusing on Michigan! You see, that’s where I live, according to his records, and my donation (of $1) has already helped make a huge difference in his ability to win Michigan’s 125 delegates.

Everyone tells me they wouldn’t ask if it weren’t so important.

Michael Bennet has joined the anti-Bernie group, telling me that if I’m not worried about Sanders winning the nomination, I should be.

I agree with some of this

Bennet seems confident that he will be the candidate to ignite the base. I have to admit, if he hasn’t managed to spark yet, I don’t think he can build up a full-fledged conflagration in time to take out Sanders.

Joe Biden is also worried about Sanders.

There are non-top-four candidates airing ads in those states.

This email made me realize something about Biden. It’s always “help me respond.” He’s always defensive and reactive, never proactive. Help him respond to Trump’s lies. Help him respond to Republican smears. Help him respond to Sanders or Buttigieg spending more money. Help him respond.

Something Pete Buttigieg keeps repeating is that the Democrats need to own up to themselves and stop being the party that just “responds” and “reacts” to their opponents. Clinton ran on “hey, I’m not Trump!” She needed to run on “I’m MF-ing Hillary!” A candidate who defines themself by how they respond to someone else is actually letting that someone else define them. It’s not very motivating.

Speaking of Buttigieg, he actually didn’t campaign against Sanders today. Instead, he focused on the rural areas of Iowa he’s been visiting, and the success he’s been finding there.

This was nicer to read than the hopeless “We’ll never hit our deadline at this rate!” emails other campaigns have been sending.

And then we get to Tulsi Gabbard. She included a nifty GIF of her snowboarding (presumably in New Hampshire, from the contest she was advertising, though there was no mention of her contest winner).

Gif of Tulsi Snowboarding
I want a President who takes time off of work to enjoy herself said no one ever.

Aside from watching this GIF fifty times and wondering how snowboards actually work on a physics level, I couldn’t help but notice that Gabbard is sounding the alarm about not being able to reach her $1 million goal.

Only $1 million? It was a $1.5 million goal earlier this month…

Elizabeth Warren is close to 600 emails!

2 thoughts on “Day 254: 1/29/20

  1. Yeah even the Yang Gang wasn’t too happy about Yang’s tactic with that email. And the phrasing sounded demanding and entitled, there was a big convo on Reddit about it and none really positive.


    1. It’s a very American thing, which is why public option is better received than M4A: don’t you dare EXPECT me to do the good thing. Ask me if I will and let it be MY choice. Same with wearing helmets or seatbelts or cooking bacon without pants on.


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