Days 320 and 321: 4/4/20-4/5/20

Over the weekend, one old guy took a rest and one old guy kept campaigning.


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!

Only one candidate didn’t take the weekend off.

Joe Biden sent a total of 7 emails over the weekend.

Saturday had more.

He sent 4 emails on Saturday and his usual 3 on Sunday.

The next FEC deadline is just four weeks away!

Joe Biden’s main focus over the weekend was fundraising, even though an FEC deadline had just wrapped up. There is never a time on a campaign when fundraising isn’t a priority. However, he did not put much focus on the coronavirus pandemic. His news events were about polls (Biden beats Trump!) and ad buys (Trump is attacking Biden!). He also wanted to let me know what I thought of the campaign so far, after their incredible March, and to let me know about an upcoming virtual town hall with himself and his wife.

Though Biden didn’t directly talk about the coronavirus, he did include the footer to every email saying that if it’s too much right now, I can pause emails for two weeks.

The attend ask was combined with a donate ask.

In addition to asking for donations and to attend his virtual town hall, Biden once again encouraged me to donate for the President Biden sticker. He deployed his April survey, which means I’ll probably be getting more of those asks this next week, and, as always, he asked for money.

Despite it feeling like everything is changing, some things really never do change.

When Biden passes 1000, this chart will greatly change!

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