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 Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! 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!

It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.

The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.

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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