It seems like 17 is the magic number for emails these days. Now that we’re down to just 3 candidates, I’ve been getting 17 emails a day quite a bit.
Today was the day my state got to vote. In the interest of full disclosure: I voted for Joe Biden, for Pete Buttigieg.
(If any of you hadn’t guessed that outcome, you were giving me way too much credit)
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!
Once again, Joe Biden was leading the pack with 5 emails, while Bernie Sanders trailed behind with 3. Tulsi Gabbard announced she was present by sending 1 email.
The day before the Michigan primary, Bernie Sanders asked me to commit to vote for him in Michigan. I didn’t.
Sanders also sent me an incredibly long email rambling about the coronavirus and how Americans deserved better than Trump and somehow Trump’s administration was advocating for Medicare for All?
And the truth is, even the Trump administration has figured out that maybe it’s not a great idea to have people who might have the virus walking around the streets and going to work if they can’t afford health care and to get a checkup from a doctor.
I think even they have figured out that it’s a good idea to make sure that people who feel sick or may have some of the symptoms actually go into a doctor’s office.
They’ve even proposed using federal funds to pay for medical treatment of people who lack insurance.
Sounds a little bit like Medicare for All.
But I’m glad at least that they recognize it’s totally insane and dangerous to our society that if you’re walking around and infecting other people and you’re not going to the doctor when you should because you don’t have insurance that is counterproductive for the whole society.
I’m glad they at least recognize that.
Small steps…Bernie Sanders
In the end, he asked me to sign a petition to say that testing, treatments, quarantine, and vaccinations for the coronavirus needed to be free and available to all Americans. At least, that’s how he started the email.
Joe Biden, meanwhile, asked me if I’d be interested in being a state delegate for him here in Michigan.
A chance to go to the national convention? Hmm… I think yes. I think it should be fairly obvious, after all, who my support is behind at this point…
Bernie Sanders wanted me to do more than just donate to support him. He wanted me to donate more to support him.
I was confused that his ask was “don’t just donate, but also donate.” It would have made much more sense if he said “don’t just donate, also knock doors/phone bank/talk to your friends about Sanders.”
While Sanders kept asking for money, Tulsi Gabbard informed me that the primary was rigged and it wasn’t a fair fight, but she was still going to be fighting as long as I kept giving her money. And Joe Biden was also asking for money. Biden informed me that his staff was still hard at work late at night, trying to get out every last voter they could, and they would appreciate my donations.
Sanders just told me they needed every last donation they could get.