It was a quiet week of social distancing and states shutting down. Joe Biden continues to campaign with his usual energy, while Bernie Sanders has fizzled out.
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 has been maintaining a typical campaign email schedule, sending 24 emails in the past week. Bernie Sanders has been struggling with the transition to a digital, online-only campaign, dropping his weekly emails down to just 3 in 7 days.
Sunday was the busiest day, with a total of 10 emails sent, and Tuesday and Saturday were the slowest days, with only 6. This chart resembles Pete Buttigieg’s daily emails by the end more than it resembles the entire campaign overview for the past week, but there you have it.
It has been over a week since Bernie Sanders last asked for campaign donations. Both he and Joe Biden have been focusing on the coronavirus response, with Sanders giving me lists of charities to donate to and Biden getting me information on how I can donate spare PPE I may I have from home projects. Biden has also encouraged me to call my Senators and sign thank you cards for medical and hospitality workers.
I’d like to give a shoutout to all the janitors and sanitation workers out there. You guys are definitely unsung heroes in this crisis. Thank you for all you are doing to keep us safe.
Like with everything else these days, the bulk of the campaign emails were focused on the global pandemic, Trump’s failure to respond to it, and what we can do to help. Joe Biden has continued to campaign as a contender for the Presidential nomination, while Bernie Sanders has wandered off to nominally do his day job. Despite this, Sanders is insisting that he is not going to drop out of the race, because making Biden spend money against him instead of focusing on Trump and forcing Americans to go out in groups to vote is far more important than being a good leader.
Drop out, Sanders. You’re done.