It was the first FEC deadline of the year, and one of the candidates just couldn’t take the pressure. Mike Bloomberg had a little mental vacation in the middle of one of his emails, Elizabeth Warren kept trying to sell me a pin, and Joe Biden resorted to openly begging me for money.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 8 candidates for the Democratic Presidential Nomination! 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!
I signed up to all mailing lists either on May 21 or the day the candidate announced, whichever was later. Using a different email address, I have donated at least $1 to all candidates who have been on a debate stage (I have given additional donations to my preferred candidates through my personal email, but the campaigns have linked the two accounts together and may ask for more as a result).
When showing breakdowns by campaigns, there will usually be 2 numbers. Emails to my non-donor account will be indicated by a darker color/top bar in horizontal bar charts. Emails to my donor account will be indicated by a lighter color/bottom bar.
Unless otherwise specified, all other charts combine the donor and non-donor numbers, as they are roughly 1-for-1, so the percentages and relative differences don’t change much. You can divide the numbers in half to get the rough estimate for what someone not signed up twice would be receiving. The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.
If you want specific data on any particular day, feel free to drop a comment!
Everyone upped their email volume on the last day of the month, trying desperately to get the last few pennies before the FEC deadline. Pete Buttigieg pushed ahead with 8 emails in a day, though Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both sent 6 and Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, and Andrew Yang came in third with 5 emails each. John Delaney piped up for the last time, with his staff sending an email to let me know their boss was dropping out of the race.
While John Delaney’s sole email (and yes, his was the first “I’m dropping out” email that was not actually signed by the candidate themselves, but rather was just the staff going “Hey, here’s his statement.”) was informative only, Mike Bloomberg was the candidate with the oddest ask. He launched into a diatribe about how horrible the cost of prescription drugs were, how Trump had done nothing about it, and how if I told him why I supported him due to gun control, I could win a trip to the Super Bowl.
There was no segue.
Rising prescription drug prices are forcing too many families to choose between getting the care they need and going into debt. That’s not right — and we have to act.
Donald Trump told us: “We’re gonna get drug prices so far lower than they are now, your head will spin.” But what has he done to take on the problem?
The fact is: Drug prices jumped 10% in the first six months of 2019 alone. For every drug that dropped in price, 96 drugs became more expensive. And Donald Trump continues to bow down to the pharmaceutical lobby.
I’ve never taken a penny from big drug companies — or anyone else. And I’ve got a plan to deliver better health care for all Americans — at lower prices that everyone can afford.
We will eliminate loopholes that allow big drug companies to abuse the system, reform the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit to encourage greater competition, and cap annual out-of-pocket costs for seniors. Each of these measures will bring costs down.
We must bring down the cost of care. Tell us why you support Mike on gun safety, climate change, or health care today and you’ll be entered to win a trip to Miami!
We can’t afford any more broken promises — not while Americans across our country struggle to get care they need at prices they can afford. With your support, I will get this done.Mike Bloomberg
And yes, the email was signed by Bloomberg himself, though he wanted me to tell “us” why I supported him in third person.
Tulsi Gabbard wanted me to sign her petition about letting her get on the CNN Town Halls. It’s such a blatant snub of the only female combat veteran ever to run or President, and she demands to know why. She also demanded that I give her her best 7 hours of fundraising ever so she could hit her $1 million goal before midnight, and she was very snide toward Mike Bloomberg for getting the DNC debate rules rewritten to make it easier for him to get on the debate stage. The donor threshold was dropped, you see, so now it’s just delegates and polls. The poll threshold also jumped quite a bit, to 10%. Only 3 candidates have already qualified for the second February debate: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren.
Elizabeth Warren was continuing to push her new pin, mine with a $25 or more donation, while Bernie Sanders pointed out that the only funding for his campaign came through emails (except for the fundraisers he conveniently forgets he sometimes holds). He acknowledged that he sent a lot of emails, but isn’t that better than a President who begs rich people for money?
Joe Biden don’t care about begging for money. He sent me an email with multiple “Please”s in a row. If that isn’t begging, I don’t know what is. Too bad I’m not one of those rich people.
Warren also got her good old friend Julian Castro to send me an email talking about
why I should support her his grandmother.
Okay, it was mostly why I should support her, but he pushed in a paragraph about his grandmother. At least he didn’t say he was humble.
Amy Klobuchar asked me if I’d phone bank for her to help her get out the caucus in Iowa. I didn’t know how to tell her that she was a bit behind on the ask: most other candidates have been asking me to help them get out the caucus all month.
You know it’s an important FEC deadline when even the billionaires are asking for money. Though the donor threshold was dropped, Tom Steyer asked if I could give $5 or $10 anyway so his FEC filing looked better. He told me that he was fortunate enough to be running a people-powered campaign where the people didn’t have to do the heavy financial lifting, and that he was more than willing to spend his last dollar to get Trump out of office.
I certainly hope he’s putting max donations toward the opponents of every Senator who voted against witnesses in the impeachment trial.
Several candidates, most notably Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, were very worried about how their FEC numbers were going to look. January 31 was the end of an FEC period, after all, so the next day all the reporters would be writing stories about their numbers.
Except… no. That’s not how the FEC filings work. They needed to close their books, but the actual filings aren’t due in until February 15. Their numbers will only be made public if THEY disclose them.
However, January 31 was the filing date for the 2019 end-of-year report. All of the candidates’ 2019 numbers were reported and the results were… interesting.
The above chart was sorted from most-to-least cash on hand MINUS the amount of money the campaign owes. I find it very interesting that the candidates who say they have the most business sense (including dropped-out candidates who I didn’t include in the chart) are the most likely to be carrying debt. Apparently, this is good business strategy.
No wonder Trump has blown a hole in the national deficit.
I think, if nothing else, that should be a good reason why we should never again want a businessperson running the government.