Day 359: 5/13/20

I celebrated too soon yesterday…


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!

The emails had to even out somehow.

Joe Biden sent his usual 3 emails on Wednesday, but he added a 4th email to my donor account.

It’s not even

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.

There’s that extra email.

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.

Missed 1111 by one.

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