The pulse of emails has certainly dropped off to a steady, though irregular beat.
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.
Joe Biden stayed pretty steady this past week, sending me emails one-for-one and rarely going above 3 a day.
Those two days of 4 emails corresponded to Nancy Pelosi endorsing Biden on Monday, and the FEC deadline on Thursday. Other than those events, Biden stayed at his usual three emails a day.
With the FEC deadline, it’s no surprise that Biden’s week was mostly asking for money. What did surprise me was the May 1 all-donate emails. Usually, at least the first day after a deadline, the campaign rests their money machine. Biden, however, kept it up for another full day. May 2, however, he did bring in some surveys on how he was doing, as well as a petition for me to sign my name to support Biden.
In fact, Biden’s petition came with his first email about policy in literally a month: his last policy email was sent on April 2. This time, Biden was talking about his gun violence plan (that is, his plan to END gun violence), and he wanted to know if I agreed with him.
Other noteworthy non-fundraising emails involved talking about how Trump was gearing up for an ad blitz against Biden and his various endorsements and surveys of the past week asking about campaign strategy.
But mostly, really, Biden was emailing about what Biden always emails about: can I please give him another $5 or $7? (If I can afford it?)