Boy oh boy, did emails spike this week or what! There was an FEC deadline, and Bernie Sanders emailed almost every day!
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!
In the past seven days, Joe Biden sent 23 emails, while Bernie Sanders sent an impressive 5. The uptick in email counts may have had something to do with the FEC deadline that happened at the end of March.
As you can see, there was a spike in emails on the last day of the month, while most days held steady at just 8 emails a day.
Despite the FEC deadline, donation asks were less than half of all the emails. Bernie Sanders didn’t ask me to donate to his campaign at all, instead sending me charities I could split donations between, petitions to sign saying I agreed with his coronavirus demands, and a volunteer ask for me to call potential voters and help them with voting questions during a pandemic.
However, it was the end of a month, so the main email focus was by far and away fundraising. Joe Biden did talk about some of his policies, though, both his climate change and health care policies, plus a survey asking my opinion. Mainly, though, he wanted to remind me that the campaign was still ongoing, and he still needed my support.
However, the nicest thing about the emails was the lack of negativity.
With Bernie Sanders basically giving up on campaigning, the disparaging remarks in emails are now solely focused on Republicans and the attack ads they are launching against Joe Biden. Biden has rarely been one to attack a fellow Democrat, unlike his main opponent. It’s so nice to not be getting negativity toward the party we need to be supporting if we want to end the Republican’s reign of incompetence and terror in our country.