Day 305: 3/20/20

These write-ups are going to be much shorter now that the emails are dropping. Altogether, I got as many emails today from the entire remaining field as I normally did in one day from Pete Buttigieg’s campaign.


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!

This chart is so small now.

At 3 emails, Joe Biden was once again in the lead for most contact. Bernie Sanders is staying on the board with a single email every day, but its only a matter of time now. He hasn’t asked me for a donation for a few days. He knows he’s out, even if he hasn’t admitted it to himself yet.

Coronavirus = News Events

Most of the emails of the day were about the coronavirus. Joe Biden did remember he was still running a presidential campaign, though, so he asked me for some money.

I do like the geometric evenness of this chart these days.

Biden actually asked for money in two of his emails. One of them was informing me I could get a call from Biden if I donated, a way to stay in contact in this era of social distancing. The other was his new campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon, formerly of Beto O’Rourke’s campaign, introducing herself and reminding me of how important it was to donate to Biden.

Biden also told me about how it was the tenth anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law, and he asked me if I wanted to support and expand Obamacare. You think that would be a gimme question, but Bernie Sanders has made the area more foggy among Democrats.

Speaking of Sanders, he emailed to invite me to split a $5 contribution between 5 charities working to fight the struggles surrounding the coronavirus. As far as I could tell, this donation would not be shared with his campaign. That was very nice of him, though it’s worth pointing out to the people on Twitter that Sanders is neither the only candidate to ask me to donate to a cause outside of his campaign, nor was he the first candidate to do so, nor was he the most generous of candidates with these asks.

Still, it’s nice that Sanders isn’t trying to milk money out of his dying campaign for himself.

Everything has slowed down.

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