Day 287: 3/2/20

Monday brought a lot of endorsements for Joe Biden and a lot of anger from Tulsi Gabbard. It also brought very few emails for me.

As a note: tomorrow’s BTE may be delayed (or non-existent). I will be out of town all day with limited access to a computer.


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.

The field grows ever smaller.

Now that Pete Buttigieg has dropped, Joe Biden gets to top the email chart at 5 emails. Elizabeth Warren came in second with 4 emails, while Bernie Sanders brings up the rear at only 3 emails.

All together, I received 17 emails 2 times each. That’s few enough that I could actually talk about every single one.

You can almost count them.

Amy Klobuchar ended up dropping out on Monday and endorsing Joe Biden, but she still sent a pair of emails asking for fundraising money.

This happy, scrappy campaign has come a long way since our launch, but one thing is for sure — no one will outwork us. Our team is going all in to make sure we have strong showings tomorrow and this month. Amy’s been crisscrossing the country, we have staff on the ground in every Super Tuesday state and thanks to you we’ve been able to invest in a seven-figure ad buy!

Amy Klobuchar Campaign HQ

These emails did not age well, though they maintained her traditional emailed good cheer. Like Pete the day before, Klobuchar clearly had not been in talks with her team about her endorsement of Biden, and it was likely a sudden decision. Once the news broke that she was going to be dropping out, however, Klobuchar stopped sending me emails.

She didn’t even email me about dropping out.

Bernie Sanders emailed me to talk about the Super PAC ads that were going up against him. He’s finally watched them, you see.


That was what one super PAC announced they were going to spend in negative ads against Bernie Sanders in the early part of March.

The ads are up now. We’ve seen them. They are dishonest trash and they are everywhere. But they are liable to work.

So we have a challenge ahead of us.

In the next day or so, we need to make some big spending decisions about the large and expensive states that come after Super Tuesday. We need to get on the air and expand our buys — because $4,000,000 is a lot to overcome.

$2.70 from you — it’s our only chance. So we have to ask:

Can you make a $2.70 contribution to our campaign today? We’ll put it right to work fighting back against the HUGE negative ad campaign running right now to beat us.

By the time you got to this point in the email, several people you don’t know have already contributed $2.70. And they did it because they know others will do the same. Now they’re counting on you.

Thank you in advance for chipping in today.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

The email subject was “dishonest trash.” Sanders has such an uplifting way of writing.

Sanders also wanted to let me know what their plan was for after Super Tuesday. They’re expecting to do well… but this email was sent before the trifecta of major endorsements Joe Biden scored at a Texas rally.

In just a moment, I am going to ask you to make a contribution to our campaign before Super Tuesday. Please give me a chance to explain why this request — especially tonight — is so important.

Right now, almost everyone is wondering what will happen tomorrow. We are too.

But we also have to be thinking about the states that follow, because there are multiple super PACs running ads to beat us, including a $4 million negative ad campaign.

So shortly after the Super Tuesday votes are tallied, we have a meeting scheduled to allocate budget for the states that follow.

We have a plan — one that can put us in reach of the nomination, but it will take resources to pull off. More than we have right now. So here is the part where I ask:

Can you make a $2.70 contribution to our campaign tonight? We’re going to put that donation right to work, almost immediately, in the next set of states Bernie needs to win this nomination.

We expect to do well tomorrow night, but any success we enjoy will only intensify the political establishment’s “Stop Sanders” movement. But if we have what we need to fight through the attacks from all corners and comers, then we have a plan to win.

Help Bernie make it happen.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

And speaking of Joe Biden, he broke out the Godfather talk again.

It is no secret that Bernie Sanders has a lot more money than we do.

And his campaign is spending its war chest blanketing television stations, radio stations, mailboxes, and websites with ads that you really just can’t seem to escape from.

But, Joe Biden has something that Bernie cannot compete with: the overwhelming trust and support of the American people.

And a new general election head-to-head matchup in battleground states shows that nobody, NOBODY, matches up better against Donald Trump than Joe Biden:

With more delegates awarded tomorrow on Super Tuesday than any other day in the presidential election, it would be a real shame for another candidate to get ahead who doesn’t match up as well against Trump.

Can you donate to elect Joe Biden, defeat Donald Trump, and restore the soul of this nation? With so many Super Tuesday contests looking close, your $5 could be all it takes to put Joe over the top…

Every time Biden uses the subject “A real shame,” I hear it in the slurred tones of a fictional mafia leader. I just can’t help it. This terminology has come to mean a veiled threat. “Nice country you got there. It would be a real shame if something happened to it.”

Biden, please stop using this phrase.

In fact, stop reusing things altogether. I received another email from Biden that started with “Hey it’s Joe. I’m writing to you from the road in Texas today.”

Guess what? I’ve received this exact email 4 times already, just with details changed.

Hey it’s Joe. I’m writing to you from the road in {{LOCATION}} today.

Some recent polls in {{STATE}} [put this race really tight,](change to look good but not taking anything for granted if not true) [so I’m crisscrossing the state to lock down every supporter that I can. And if you pitch in $5, it will help me reach a few more voters.] (OPTIONAL)

In just a short while, I’m going to kick off a {{EVENT TYPE}} event here in {{LOCATION}}. Our volunteers are going to head out to talk to their neighbors, including some who might still be undecided about who they are going to vote for tomorrow.

Look, the challenges that we face are not small. The attacks keep coming from all sides, and we’re being outspent by some of our opponents on the airwaves here.

But, I’m not fazed, because I know you’ve got my back as you have over the {{NUMBER OF DAYS}} days since we launched this campaign to restore the soul of our nation.

And now, we have just {{TIME}} left to make our final case to the voters in {{UPCOMING ELECTION}}. We have to do everything in our power to deliver our closing argument to every {{STATE NICKNAME OR GENERIC VOTER}}.

That’s where you come in. Could you pitch in $5 before you close your inbox today? Your contribution translates into a few more voters that we reach tomorrow, and a better shot at a big victorious night 

Thank you for everything that you do,

Joe Biden

First time I got this email, eh, maybe I believed he wrote it. But the second, third, and fourth times? Not so much. This is a form letter. Form letters aren’t inspiring.

However, as I mentioned, Biden did pick up some key endorsements on Monday. He started with Tim Kaine sending an email on his behalf explaining why he was endorsing Biden.

Joe reminds me of my favorite president, Harry S. Truman — an outwardly ordinary man whose work ethic, faith in the goodness of everyday Americans, and love of country made him a great president.

Tim Kaine for Joe Biden

President Truman doesn’t get much love. My fluffy gray cat is named Harry S. Truman. Pete Buttigieg named his first dog after President Truman. He’s not really talked about in the lists of great presidents of America.

But sometimes, you don’t want to be standing out as a great, flashy president. Sometimes, you just want to be the good one.

Biden also touted endorsements from Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Beto O’Rourke in a Texas rally.

Our Biden for President rally in Dallas, Texas just wrapped up. Tonight, Democrats are uniting together with a clear mission:

Elect Joe Biden. Defeat Donald Trump. Restore the Soul of this Nation.

That’s why today, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Beto O’Rourke all endorsed Joe! Because when Democrats stand together, Democrats win.

That’s why we need a strong Democrat, a proud Democrat, to take on the biggest challenge of our lifetimes: Defeating Donald Trump.

So let’s unite together and do every single, solitary thing in our power to build the most powerful and broadest Democratic coalition of our lifetime.

Team Joe

If the Super Tuesday votes align with all of these endorsements, it’s pretty clear that the Democratic party has learned from the Republican mistakes and are coalescing around a single candidate. Of course, Bernie Sanders would fight such a thing to the nomination and beyond, but the various factions of the party seem to be speaking out.

The variety fades

Mike Bloomberg sent a pair of emails today asking me to both volunteer for his campaign (he included a link to various events) and to share this information on social media. After all, he said, social media is where most people get their news.

Unfortunately, he does have a point. Social media makes it easy to disseminate poorly-researched information, and most people will read headlines but not the actual articles that are linked. Bloomberg just needs to get enough people sharing his stuff to get his message out. That’s why he’s had such a focus on influencers and telling people to share his stuff instead of donate to him.

Elizabeth Warren has also been asking for volunteers. She invited me to a National Volunteer call and encouraged me to make calls for her. As I mentioned last night in the farewell to Pete Buttigieg, this is the level of digital outreach I’ve received the most from other campaigns.

Will you join our National Volunteer Call tonight? This is your chance to hear directly from Elizabeth, campaign manager Roger Lau, and our National Organizing Team about the state of the race and the grassroots movement we’re building all across the country:

Team Warren

It certainly didn’t help that this email was only sent to donors. As someone who might be mildly curious about Warren but not a donor yet, there is still no opportunity for me to see or hear her live other than in a livestream of a rally.

These volunteer calls are still more than most campaigns offer.

Warren has been proud of her grassroots fundraising so far, but she reminded me that it’s Super Tuesday, which is very expensive, and she needs more money. This is the final chance, she pointed out, to donate before a third of the country votes. She set a goal of 289 donations from Michigan and informed me she couldn’t afford to fall short here.

Warren also sent an oddly unbranded email explaining why I should vote for her. This email also only went to donors… but it also went to my personal account.

I had unsubscribed from Warren months ago on my personal account, and had stopped receiving emails from her campaign there.

This is such a weird email.

Joe Biden sent his own fundraising email, pointing out that the next 24 hours are the most crucial to the campaign. The race is a marathon, not a sprint, so he needs to keep his fundraising up.

Bernie Sanders had a similar message, but more of “donate because others are donating.”

Almost 1 donation every second.

That means by the time you are at this point of the email, someone you don’t know has contributed to elect Bernie Sanders president.

And now they are counting on YOU to do the same.

Because that is the only way we overcome the millions and millions of dollars we are facing in dishonest attack ads smearing Bernie Sanders in states that vote soon.

They raise money millions of dollars at a time. We raise it $2.70 at a time. But when enough of us chip in, it’s more than enough to win. But it means Bernie needs you now:

Can you make a $2.70 contribution to our campaign today? We need a huge number of donations that we will put right to work helping Bernie Sanders overcome millions of dollars of negative ads running against him.

Time is running out. Super Tuesday is tomorrow. We have a few big states a week later. And a week after that some very large and expensive states.

1 donation every second. Bernie’s counting on you to make this moment yours.

Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020

And the last email I received but haven’t talked about yet came from Tulsi Gabbard. She was asking for money, but it felt to me more like a somewhat unhinged rant. Gabbard has not come off well in this election. The sooner she realizes she’s not a Democrat, the better off the entire party will be.

When Tulsi made a personal commitment to each one of us to stay in this fight for as long as possible as a strong, unwavering voice and advocate for We, The People — this is why:

No other candidate is willing to risk rocking the boat in an election by speaking out against anti-democratic establishment maneuvers by the DNC that undermine the voice of the people.

No other candidate has the credibility or the integrity to keep speaking up against the enormous cost of our unconstitutional regime change wars and new Cold War; unapologetically taking on the military industrial complex and the chickenhawks and neolibs and neocons who profit from them.

No other candidate is consistently speaking truth to power, regardless of the political cost.

Has this come at a cost? You bet it has — you’ve seen it every day. Tulsi has had to fight for every single second and square inch of media coverage she’s received on this campaign.

Is it worth it? 100% yes. Unlike her opponents, when Tulsi decided to reject super PAC and special interest money, she knew that meant relying 100% on $5, $10, $19 at a time to power this grassroots campaign. We’re proud of that.

But that awesome fact comes with a big risk and an increasingly urgent responsibility: If people like you don’t continue to give to emails like this, we will run out of money. Unlike Bloomberg, we don’t have billions in the bank. Unlike Bernie Sanders, we haven’t been running for years growing the largest small dollar fundraising list in the nation. Unlike Biden and Warren, we are not relying on Super PAC funding or establishment support to stay in this race.

Tulsi ONLY has all of us, and that’s always been enough to hit the ambitious goals we’ve set as a team.

Caitlin Pomerantz, Deputy Campaign Director, TULSI2020
There really isn’t much color left.

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