I celebrated too soon yesterday…
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 sent his usual 3 emails on Wednesday, but he added a 4th email to my donor account.
Biden’s fourth email was asking me to join “Young Professionals for Biden.” He also emailed me with his plan to save the economy, which was either titled the “Biden 4-Point Plan for our Essential Workers” or the “Biden Emergency Action Plan to Save the Economy,” depending on which account I read the email on.
Neither name is really great. The Biden 4-Point Plan immediately made me yawn, and if there’s one thing I can tell you for sure about Trump, it’s that he will never do a plan that has someone else’s name on it.
I was torn between calling that email a policy email or a news event email. He was most talking about how horrible things were involving COVID-19 in America right now, and not really talking about policy he’d enact as President. His policy was something that should be enacted right now, by Trump.
In addition to those two emails, Biden asked me to join his focus group. It would have limited membership, and I’d just need to answer 11 questions to give my feedback to the campaign (IE take a survey). This email did end up on all of my accounts. I’m sure that membership is really limited.
Finally, he wrote me a letter to explain why it would mean so much for me to donate to the campaign. Now that I understood the stakes, would I donate?
I already understand the stakes, Biden. I’m also a millennial living through my country’s second financial disaster in my adult lifetime. Find someone else who actually has savings to donate.