Day 317: 4/1/20

Bernie Sanders has emailed me two days in a row! Is he trying to restart his 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.

Because it’s the first of the month, my email count has dropped.

Joe Biden maintains his lead with 3 emails in a day, while Bernie Sanders sent only 1 email, but it was a very surprising one.

That’s right: NO donation asks!

The one email Bernie Sanders sent was asking if I could get on the Bernie Dialer and call voters to fill them in on election information with all the changes that have been happening due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It was almost an actual campaign email. I was shocked!

Sanders was asking for help for downballot candidates and did not actually say that he wanted his volunteers calling to remind people to vote for him, but it’s still a form of work that would have benefited his campaign directly. This was the first hint in a long time that maybe Sanders is still considering himself an active presidential candidate.

Sanders was counted as a News Event because it was about coronavirus changes to the elections.

Joe Biden, on the other hand, let me know that he’d had a great March with a lot of surges of support and great fundraising, and now they’re going into April ready to make Donald Trump a one-term president. He asked me to sign a petition confirming that I was a vote for Biden. He also gave me a survey to answer, and he wanted to express his gratitude by offering me the chance to donate anything to get a President Biden sticker. That technically counts as a merch ask instead of a donation ask because he was basically selling me a sticker instead of just straight-up asking for money.

Congratulations, Bernie Sanders, on hitting that 600 donor email milestone.

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