Days 306 and 307: 3/21/20-3/22/20

Another quiet weekend. We’re down to our final two candidates.


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.

It’s becoming predictable.

Joe Biden sent 7 emails in 2 days, while Bernie Sanders only sent a single email each day, for 2 emails total.

Just one more on Sunday.

Sunday had one email more than Saturday (sent to two accounts), but the days were fairly evenly matched.

So few Donate asks…

Bernie Sanders did not ask me for money at all. At least, not money for himself. He gave me a survey on how best to deal with the coronavirus and thanked me for all the donations–$2 million in total!–that went out to the 5 charities listed in his Friday email. He sent me another 9 charities and asked me to donate $10 split between them on Sunday. While he can skip votes in the Senate on coronavirus-related issues, he can ask me to donate money to help those in need.

There had better be some massive charitable contributions on his next tax return, is all I’m saying.

Sanders’ emails were all News Events.

Joe Biden is the only candidate still trying to raise money for his presidential campaign, which meant he did send some fundraising emails. Even Biden’s fundraising attempts are subdued, though, as he recognizes that everyone is pretty cash-strapped in these tough times. His focus is mainly on the coronavirus as well. However, he is heaping gratitude on his supporters. We literally kept the lights on when everyone thought his campaign was dying, and now he’s the presumptive nominee.

Biden also offered me a card to sign to thank the healthcare and postal workers of America. Thank you, sincerely, everyone who is still considered a critical worker in this time.

In addition to Biden’s gratitude, he scolded McConnell for trying to help corporations before working families, and he told me about all the great ideas he was given through his survey on how to engage with supporters during this time of social distancing. He included a fancy chart too, which I liked, but…

Email 40%, News articles about Joe 21%, Facebook 14%, 9%, Twitter 8%, Ads 4%, Other 4%
Amazing, that the people who answered the survey sent via email MOSTLY communicate with the campaign through email…

…does the chart really need Biden’s face in the middle?

Sanders’ numbers creep up one at a time.

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