Day 274: 2/18/20

Pete Buttigieg made sure to let me know about the town hall he was participating in tonight, though interestingly, neither Bernie Sanders nor Amy Klobuchar brought theirs up. Everyone needed money, and Tulsi Gabbard reminded me of how bad everyone else was in her eyes.


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.

Yes, those numbers are correct.

Pete Buttigieg outdid himself with 9 emails in a single day, sending an extra two to his “Grassroots Fundraising Team.” Joe Biden, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren each contented themselves with just 4 emails, while Bernie Sanders sent 3.

All the volunteer emails came from the same person.

Pete Buttigieg really wanted me to volunteer for him. He asked me to make calls “like Jose,” one of his staffers who makes 10 calls into Nevada every night. He asked me if I’d like to find a watch party nearby to join. He also suggested I host a “Potluck for Pete” during the debate, and he gave me some emails and tweets I could use to spread the word of Pete during his CNN town hall.

Mike Bloomberg was excited about qualifying for the debate.

Huge news, friend — 

The polls are in and I officially qualified for this week’s Democratic debate.

Since launching this campaign just 13 weeks ago, I’ve been traveling the country and meeting voters — supporters like you who believe in our vision for a better America. People who are ready to fight to restore integrity in our country, and for the opportunity to bring this nation back together. I’m thrilled to have the chance to share our vision with even more voters tomorrow night.

If you want updates from the team while I am on stage, text DEBATE to 80510.

With just 14 days until Super Tuesday, we are in a critical moment for our campaign — thanks for being part of it.

Mike Bloomberg

His enthusiasm just LEAPS off the page! You can really tell how pumped up he is for this first chance to actually do something a normal politician would do!

Yeah. That was his actual email. He does not sound thrilled.

Debates took over!

Tom Steyer was upset that there weren’t enough polls to get him to the debate stage this time. The polling threshold had jumped dramatically, and instead of monetary enthusiasm, candidates are now asked to have voter enthusiasm in the form of delegates. Despite the millions he poured into Iowa and New Hampshire to get his original debate polls, Steyer did not manage to secure a single delegate.

Does it suck that there weren’t enough polls in the early states? A bit, yes. But let’s be honest: how many people genuinely believe Steyer has a good chance of being the nominee? He has no delegates. He spends most of the debate time talking up the other candidates and flashing his bright tie. At this point in the nomination, votes are being cast. If a candidate doesn’t have a path, they shouldn’t be on the debate stage (see: Tulsi Gabbard).

I don’t think there’s anyone genuinely upset that another rich old white guy isn’t on the debate stage. We replaced him with another richer, older white guy, anyway.

Joe Biden was excited about his fundraising pace in the morning. Yesterday, he thought he wasn’t going to make his goal, but today he thinks he might! Except, a few hours later, he was worried again. I can only imagine how exhausting it is to be on such a roller coaster of emotions about your finances.

Elizabeth Warren is also worried about her finances. She has just a few days left to get the $7 million she needs by the Nevada caucus this Saturday, but she’s already over halfway there.

Bernie Sanders also needs money. He also wanted me to fill out a survey for him.

We’re asking a portion of Bernie’s most active supporters to take our pre-debate issues survey. Good news: you’re one of the people we’ve selected to take part.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

This was sent to both my donor and non-donor emails. It really gives me faith in the activity of Sanders’ supporters, or his ability to distinguish “most active” from “anyone who gave me their email.”

Finally, Tulsi Gabbard wanted to remind me that she’s still fighting for me.

Tulsi is fighting harder than ever to make sure our voices are heard while our democracy creeps closer and closer to what looks more like an oligarchy.

Right now billionaires, Senators and the establishment elite are taking part in CNN town halls worth millions.

They’ll be on TV screens across the nation normalizing the status quo, defending why we’re still spending $4 billion each MONTH in Afghanistan, backtracking on former positions and statements in order to curry favor with whatever group of voters their high paid consultants and pollsters told them they need to win in order to stay in power.

Not Tulsi. She’s still working for you.

Caitlin Pomerantz, Tulsi2020

She is definitely not the unity candidate she thinks she is.

Here comes Amy Klobuchar, up to 600

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