With just 3 candidates remaining, the weekend was far from exciting when it comes to emails. Bernie Sanders made sure I knew that my $1 donation was a big deal, so I should give him 14x that to help him win, while Tulsi Gabbard grumbled about how the DNC rules kept cutting her out of the debate, even while they let Mike Bloomberg in (though it could be argued that by letting Mike in, the DNC killed his campaign). Joe Biden, meanwhile, has been grateful that the party is coming home and his donations are surging along with his momentum.
For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of 1 candidate for the Democratic Presidential Nomination, but I’ve been on 28 mailing lists! 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!
Joe Biden is the new email dominator, sending 9 emails in 2 days. Bernie Sanders trailed behind with 6, and Tulsi Gabbard was at least on the board with her single weekend email.
The race stabilized over the weekend, with Gabbard sandwiched in-between Sanders and Biden. All three appeal to different voters, though there is the most overlap between Sanders and Gabbard. Biden has a lane all to himself now.
Bernie Sanders asked me, as a donor, to go door knocking for him in Michigan again, while Joe Biden had Alyssa Milano ask me if I would join Women for Biden. Tulsi Gabbard only asked for money, because her presence in the race is continually being erased and ignored. It’s almost as if a candidate who has constantly and consistently shit all over the Democratic Party won’t get support from the Democratic Party.
If Gabbard can’t figure out the cause and effect in her actions and the consequences, I really don’t want her anywhere near the White House.
Both Sanders and Biden largely focused on fundraising, though while Sanders was trying to raise 200,000 donations to overpower the Super PACs airing ads, including one negative one against him, Biden was just trying to keep his momentum growing. At one point, Biden said, he was pulling in 500 donations every minute.
That is some seriously impressive fundraising chops.
Sanders, on the other hand, was fretting about needing to make the final payment on his ads for the rest of March. The next ten days, he assured me, will play a large part in determining his progress.
A record number of small-dollar donations have put our campaign in a position to win, but the $2.70 we’re asking you to donate today will give Bernie victory.
We’ll explain more, but if you can contribute that $2.70 right now, please use this link:
Here is the truth:
We have a lot of big primaries coming up, and there are a lot of voters in those states whose favorite candidates have recently dropped out. Those voters are making up their minds right now.
That’s why two super PACs are running multi-million dollar campaigns to beat us — including one running attack ads against Bernie.
We can’t let those ads go unanswered or we risk trouble, especially with those new potential voters.
That’s why we set a goal of 200,000 donations this weekend, because that’s the number we need to reach in order to fund a winning campaign in the next states. And it’s why we’re asking:
Like I’ve said, this is not an arbitrary deadline or goal. It’s what we need to get to in order to reach the voters making up their minds. We can’t let Joe Biden’s super PACs be the only ads they see.Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager, Bernie 2020
Have I mentioned that I hate when people say things like “Here is the truth,” or “Trust me,” or anything along those lines? I say it enough myself, trust me, to know that sometimes it’s just a tic… but I also listen to the current President say it enough to make me seriously doubt anyone whenever they start a declaration with “this is totally the real truth, guys.”
I don’t think Sanders is being dishonest in the above email, but he is being a little disingenuous. One super PAC running attack ads against Sanders is the Democratic Majority for Israel, which is not a “Joe Biden super PAC.” This is not the first time that Sanders has cleverly twisted words to try to imply other candidates are being more divisive than they actually are. Yes, a super PAC is running attack ads against Sanders. Yes, Biden has a super PAC. But no, Biden’s super PAC is not the one running the attack ads.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden is still spreading a different message.
This campaign is about remembering who we are as a country and what we believe.
That we’re all created equal. That we all deserve a fair shot. That Americans can overcome anything when we stick together.
We’ve never truly lived up to these values, but we’ve never walked away from them, either. That’s why I say we’re in a battle for the soul of this nation.
And we’re only going to win this battle by coming together. We have to remember that there’s so much more that unites us than what sets us apart.
So whether you’ve been on this journey with us from day one or since yesterday, I can’t thank you enough for joining in this fight. I’m so proud to stand with you.Joe Biden
As the weekend switched over from Super Tuesday, Biden’s message shifted to include Sanders again. Sort of.
Biden is focusing on being positive and showing why he’s the best candidate, while Sanders is focusing on being negative and showing why Biden is the worst candidate. Either way, the focus is on Joe Biden.