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 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.
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.