Day 273: 2/17/20

Monday was a day to ask for money, though, to be fair, any day ending in y is a day to ask for money. Pete Buttigieg had the biggest variety of asks, though that had to do with the fact that he sent the biggest number of emails. Amy Klobuchar did not like the possessive apostrophe. Joe Biden really doesn’t want me to ignore him.


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 have to commend his consistency

With another 7 emails in a single day, Pete Buttigieg is still leading the pack in emails. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders were tied with 4 emails each, while Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren trailed behind at 3 emails.

Orange and purple were all sent by the same candidate.

For all his email volume, Pete Buttigieg is at least shaking things up topic-wise. He was the only candidate to advertise a contest, Pizza with Pete.

And it’s animated

Over the summer, contests to win time with the candidates were all the rage, but now even the debate contests have dried up. Nobody has offered a chance for a supporter to fly out to a debate and meet the candidate in February, and only Buttigieg is offering a meal with a supporter.

Policy focuses have also faded. While Tom Steyer and Mike Bloomberg occasionally bring up how they stand for gun control or racial equality, Pete Buttigieg’s policy drop for fixing the housing crisis is the first major white paper drop in a long time. Even “I have a plan for that” Elizabeth Warren seems to have run out of new plans.

Amy Klobuchar wanted to focus on Presidents’ Day, but all I could focus on was how she left off the possessive apostrophe.

Presidents’ Day is both plural (multiple presidents) and also possessive (the day of presidents). That means that an apostrophe AFTER the s is appropriate.

If you want to be truly pedantic, Presidents’s is also technically correct, but I personally hate the modern trend of adding an extra s after a possessive word that ends in s.

Grammar lesson aside, all of Klobuchar’s emails today have been about raising money to make Trump lose his job. Mike Bloomberg had a similar message: let’s bring “presidential” back. Tom Steyer also focused on Trump on Presidents’ Day, asking me to commit to vote to end his time as President.

Info is increasingly rare.

Pete Buttigieg sent the first info-only emails that were not about a candidate dropping out since February 3 (Joe Biden thanked me before the Iowa caucuses began). His policy drops are always info-only, where he tells me about his policy and invites me to read it, no asking for money or signatures of support.

Buttigieg also let me know that he had hit his $1 million goal from the weekend, and now he’s looking at getting 1 million donors. He included a link to the Grassroots Fundraising Team where I could follow along with a live count and see how much I specifically had contributed.

This is the first time I’ve seen it referred to as the Grassroots FUNDRAISING Team. Buttigieg made a big deal in the beginning of his campaign about how he didn’t have a fundraising lead, he had an investment lead, because donations were investments in the campaign. The team name was originally the Grassroots Investment Team.

Problem is, it would be abbreviated as GIT. A git is a rather unpleasant, idiotic person in British slang. I’m not surprised he’s changed the name of his team, even though it used to give me a giggle when he’d talk about his GIT.

With 7 emails, what Buttigieg talks about makes up a full third of my emails, so it’s no surprise that he also asked me to host a debate watch party. Bernie Sanders was the other candidate who asked me to volunteer for him, to host reoccurring door-knocking canvasses.

Sanders wanted to talk about how many fundraisers Pete Buttigieg and his husband/staffers were attending across the country. He included a couple maps from the New York Times, one showing the locations Buttigieg would be at.

NYT: Pete Buttigieg attending 10 fundraising events in 14 days
Criss-crossing the country

He also included a much older map of where donors were coming from.

Bernie has the most individual donations of any candidate for president
This map was from data up through June 30.

I’d love to see an updated donor map.

In fact… I may try to make one myself.

Maps aside, Bernie Sanders is concerned that he’s being outspent by everyone else and he’d like me to be able to say I was the reason Sanders was able to win anyway. Joe Biden also wanted to tell me he was being outspent, but he’s got a good second place in the Nevada polls, so things aren’t that bad (please don’t ignore his emails, please don’t count him out). Elizabeth Warren also wants to tell me she’s being outspent, so she needs help raising money. And you know what? Even Pete Buttigieg is worried that he’s being outspent and needs my financial assistance.

It’s almost as if when you add up everyone who isn’t you in a race with multiple candidates… you end up getting outspent regardless of your own numbers.

Unless you’re already a billionaire.

Elizabeth Warren needs to send not-three emails in the next day.

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