Day 303: 3/18/20

Wednesday marked the slowest email day since last May. I just hope the remaining candidates don’t drop on the same day.


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!

A new low

Wednesday marked a new low as Joe Biden only sent a total of 3 emails. He still managed to eclipse his competition, though, as Bernie Sanders only sent a single email.


Surprisingly, only one of the four different emails I received on Thursday was asking me for money, and that came from Joe Biden pointing out that in times like these, we should be able to trust our President… and we don’t. But if Biden were president, he’d lead using things like Science and Facts, and that is why we should all contribute to help elect him as president.

Biden’s digital director, Rob Flaherty (formerly of Beto O’Rourke’s campaign), emailed me with a survey asking if I had any ideas for what to do with their digital outreach. I gave him a suggestion: Hire Stefan Smith.

Biden’s campaign also sent an email thanking me for everything, they are so close to sealing the deal on the nomination and wanted to show their gratitude with a new sticker, mine with any amount of donation:

Get Your President Biden Sticker

I do have to say… I think the Pete Buttigieg campaign has used this font in some of their communication. I recognize those pointy Ns…

Anyway, I’m meh on this sticker. I think it would be fun if Biden made different stickers for all of his other candidate endorsements and then let you click on a different link to donate for each sticker. Not only would he get engagement from people who are still excited about their candidate, even if they’re no longer in the race, but he’d also get to see which candidates’ supporters are backing him the most. Could be interesting demographic information.

No pure fundraising emails.

It was very interesting that Bernie Sanders did not ask me for money at all on Wednesday, after pushing hard that he still had a chance and every donation was making a statement of support. Instead, his campaign manager emailed to let me know that Sanders would be voting on a coronavirus relief bill in the Senate (probably) (he did, he voted yes), and then he would be flying home to Vermont with his wife to discuss the future of the campaign with supporters.

Sanders then reportedly snapped at a reporter that he was trying to deal with a global crisis and didn’t have time to think about suspending his campaign.

Can I get “behaviors only angry old white men are allowed to get away with” for $500?

Everything is slowing down

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