The past week had been a lot of housecleaning for Biden.
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!
Joe Biden sent 23 donor emails in the past week, just over his usual average of 3 emails a day.
On Tuesday, Biden’s extra email was reminding me about a Michigan volunteers training that I could attend, while Friday was the one-month anniversary of Biden becoming the presumptive nominee for the Democratic candidate. Such big milestones.
Most of Biden’s emails were “housekeeping,” trying to raise money and get me to finish taking the surveys from April. He had a variety of surveys: general election, how was he doing in April, how was his all-digital campaign doing. The variety did not make them any more appealing.
Biden’s emails do continue to have the “if you need to pause for two weeks” footer, which I appreciate.
Many of his emails also touched on how abysmal Trump is as a leader, how thin his skin is, and how ridiculous it is that his campaign manager is literally saying they are about to fire the Death Star, a weapon of bad guys. Biden wanted to make sure that I haven’t forgotten what the stakes are in this election, nor what the difference is between himself and Trump.
In addition to the usual surveys and donation requests, Biden also wanted me to sign my name a lot to say I stood with him against Trump. He offered me a sticker with a donation, and he gave me a cornucopia of asks with his monthly newsletter, which are still my favorite Biden emails. All in all, this was pretty much what I’d expect for the first week of a month. Nothing surprising, just like Biden.