It was an absolutely typical weekend for Joe Biden. How was yours?
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!
This was a typical weekend for Joe Biden, with 6 emails sent in total.
Exactly half of Biden’s emails over the weekend were asking for money, while 2 of them were asking me to sign my name and 1 was asking for me to nominate heroes going above and beyond during this pandemic.
Biden started the weekend by reminding me that the 2020 Democratic turnout has to skyrocket to give him a victory: Trump won 2016 without winning the popular vote, after all. The best way to do that is to give him money.
He then went on to point out how Trump’s attempts to privatize the postal service are coming at the worst possible moment, and I should sign his petition to save the USPS.
Biden had previously asked me to nominate a hero from the pandemic who was going above and beyond. He called out four stories, including Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and he encouraged me to send in my own story.
On Sunday, Biden recapped the great momentum his campaign was experiencing even as the world was facing crises and asked me to keep it up with a donation.
He insisted I demand the right to mail-in my vote in November, so everyone has the opportunity to vote without endangering their health.
Finally, he sent me one of his favorite styles of email: See all these amazing people who have already emailed you this week? They’re all asking for money, and that’s why you should give!
Yes, Biden, I did see all those emails. See my response? It’s still the same. Glad we had this talk.