Thursday brought a new field to the Ask chart, which Pete Buttigieg started using, a new round of FEC filings, which Mike Bloomberg was either winning or losing, depending on what you counted, and some more town halls that I didn’t know about until Joe Biden told me they were over.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 2 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!
Pete Buttigieg only sent out 7 emails yesterday, which is a sure sign that things are settling down after the debate. Joe Biden is at 5 emails, while Elizabeth Warren lagged behind with only 4.
I’m growing numb to the volume of emails each candidates sends. There is a building bubble of maniacal laughter growing within me every time I see Buttigieg has sent me another 2 emails.
There’s a new Ask in the field, and that’s “Attend!” If a candidate asks me to attend a free event, whether in-person or virtual, it counts as an Attend ask. (If it’s a paid event, it’s donate.) Pete Buttigieg invited me to attend his first live virtual Q&A yesterday, imaginatively called “Pete Live”
It did have a snazzy little logo-thing, though, so that was nice.
Bernie Sanders was asking for a lot of donations, as today is apparently the day when all of his payments for his Super Tuesday ads are due, so he needs money NOW so he can determine how much he can spend on ads. He rattled off a long list of all of the Americans his campaign was going against.
So, apparently, the enemy is now Republicans, Democrats, anyone in finance, anyone in media, anyone with billions of dollars, any group of concerned citizens who join together to elevate their voices, and pretty much anyone making an annual family income of $421,926 or higher.
It’s worth noting that Bernie Sanders himself is part of the “whole damn 1 percent.”
Is this simplifying Sanders’ message to vilify him? Yes, a little bit. But when he himself is simplifying his message to vilify people, it’s worth emphasizing just how easy it is to manipulate words into saying what you want them to say.
In the wake of the debates, FEC filings for January were due, and candidates were forced to reveal their hands. After sitting on his January numbers for nearly a month, Pete Buttigieg revealed that he only brought in about $6 million in the entire month of January. This is not a good look for a campaign that was a top three fundraiser in 2019.
It is worth noting that if we change the chart to only count fundraising from individual (non-candidate) donors, things look a little better for some candidates and a lot worse for others.
Regardless, Pete Buttigieg is feeling the pinch and asking for $13 million in donations by Super Tuesday. Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, breezed past her $7 million donation goal and upped it to $10 million, then upped it again to $12 million by the Nevada caucus (which is Saturday). She’s clearly having a great fundraising time.
Tulsi Gabbard is trying to maintain her relevancy by point out some polls that show she’s still climbing.
It’s interesting that Gabbard is using these polling numbers to indicate her strength when the margin of error equals the percentage she is at: 4%. It also shows that her support is very soft, with a majority of her supporters willing to consider voting for someone else.
This isn’t a good sign for a campaign now that voting has already begun.
Meanwhile, Amy Klobuchar has revealed that no, Iowa and New Hampshire do not count as separate races, because she’s still claiming that she hasn’t lost a single race.
Once again, though, Klobuchar’s message was overshadowed by the EYE BLINDING CHOICE OF COLORS. Lime green and rust red? At what point do those go with emerald green and sky blue and a dark coral?
It was pointed out on Twitter that Klobuchar’s colors match that of Hidden Valley, the salad dressing company.
The green is off, and coral and lime green do not feature in Hidden Valley marketing as far as I can tell, but sure. Let’s go with that.
Joe Biden wanted to tell me about his CNN town hall… after he had his CNN town hall. I genuinely thought his town hall was on Monday, since I knew Buttigieg’s was on Tuesday and the debate was Wednesday. He and the other candidates with town halls on Thursday did not market their appearances via email at all. If it weren’t for Biden’s “I hope I made you proud” email, I wouldn’t have even known it was a thing.
And in case you were wondering, yes, Biden was still begging me for money.