Monday marked the slowest email day ever. So much for ramping up the digital outreach.
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 sent his usual 4 emails on Monday, but Bernie Sanders only sent a single email, and that was it. My inbox was otherwise empty (of active candidates, at least).
After the debate, Joe Biden sent me a couple emails, and then a third email saying that everyone was saying he won the debate, and I should sign my name if I agreed with that.
Bernie Sanders’ single email was also referencing the debates, asking me who owned the power right now, and who I trusted to redistribute it to the right people. He attempted to paint himself as the working class hero and Biden as some sort of villain.
One of the fundamental questions in this Democratic primary is who owns the power in this country and who can you trust to take it from those who have too much and deliver it to those who need it?
Do you want the real thing — someone who has stood with working people in the fights that matter for his entire career?
Or do you want someone who has argued that we have to cut Social Security, voted for the war in Iraq, supported the Hyde Amendment that restricts poor women’s access to abortion, has threatened to veto legislation that will guarantee health care as a right, led the fight for the disastrous bankruptcy bill, and much more?
We have to make a choice. What kind of nation do we want to be?
Do we want to work together to tackle the problems facing this country, or be one where nothing fundamentally changes for the people with power who make huge amounts of money on greed and corruption?Bernie Sanders
The answer, Sanders, is that REPUBLICANS currently hold the power in this country. I trust a Democrat (an actual Democrat, not a Democrat-when-convenient) to take the power from those who have too much and deliver it to those who need it. I also trust the candidate who is proposing policies that actually tackle the problems facing this country, and not the candidate who is proposing tearing everything down and not working together with people to actually enact changes.
While Sanders was trying to vilify the presumptive nominee, Joe Biden was trying to raise some money. He talked about how the campaign was switching gears to a purely digital and virtual method of campaigning, with virtual fundraisers and virtual town halls. He understood that things were difficult right now, and if I couldn’t give anything, he’d understand. But if I could give, he’d greatly appreciate it. Anything to help the campaign keep going as it had to overhaul its entire structure.
(Man, if only there were a candidate who had focused on digital and virtual campaigning right from the outset and already had some infrastructure in place…)
Biden also talked about how Trump was failing to lead in this time of crisis and how he would do a much better job than the current guy. Honestly, a wet sock would do a better job than the current guy. It would at least not spew lies or hatred. But yes, Biden would do a much better job than the current guy by sheer virtue of knowing how to listen to smarter people.
And… that was it. All the emails of the day. I’ve never had a day this slow before. I’m going to have to find something new to do with myself.