Day 323: 4/7/20

Though there was a major shakeup in the race today (we’re down to just one candidate!), this blog post is about YESTERDAY. Look for the final farewell tomorrow.


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.

This is the last time the chart will look like this

Joe Biden sent out a total of 3 emails again, with no emails coming from anyone else.

Consistent, at least.

All of Joe Biden’s emails asked me for a donation of some kind, with his average ask being for $67.

Variation here

Despite the identical asks, Biden varied his topic. He did ask straight out for money in his first email, because he knew I was tired of getting emails, so he’d just ask me directly. (Here’s a fact some people genuinely don’t understand: donating does not make them LESS likely to email you. You can’t donate to shut them up (unless you max out))

He also sent an email from John Lewis, who talked about how he’d been beaten and arrested fighting for civil rights over the decades, and how he was proud to stand with Biden and endorse him for President.

Finally, Biden pointed out that despite the news headlines being all about COVID-19, the primary was still on, and it was still important to help fund his campaign so he could continue to reach voters digitally.

And then there was one.

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