We’ve almost hit a full year of But Their Emails! What would you like to see for the one year anniversary?
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!
It’s almost halfway through the month, and Joe Biden sent 4 emails today. I couldn’t find any particular reason for the uptick in emails other than the nearly halfway through the month point.
Half of Biden’s emails were straight-up asking for donations, while a third offered me the 46 sticker again, in exchange for a donation of any amount. Finally, his fourth email was asking me once again to join his focus group.
I still have not managed to get on Trump’s mailing list. If anyone is already on his list and willing to forward me all of his emails, I’d really appreciate the help!
I do have one person forwarding me some of his emails. Comparing them to Biden’s is already… interesting. Trump calls his supporters “Patriots” in nearly every email. He relies heavily on ALL CAPS and strategic use of bolding to make his emails look more exciting, and he is constantly using nicknames or insults to refer to Democrats.
The biggest difference I’ve noticed, however, is the tone. Biden’s emails come off as weak and pleading (Please, will you let me explain, now that you know how important it is, and if you’re able to, can you please maybe donate?) compared to Trump’s bombastic demands (CROOKED HILLARY is holding a $100,000 a head fundraiser for SLEEPY JOE. Do YOU have $100,000? This just goes to show how the liberal elites are a party for the RICH COASTS and not for people like YOU. Donate $35 to get your TRUMP GOLD CARD today to show that this is AMERICA and not for people like them!)
I don’t want Biden to go about insulting Trump or conservatives, but a little more spine in his emails would be nice.
And speaking of spine in his emails, Biden sent a fundraising email that assured me he absolutely doesn’t focus on the polls or the pundits (funny, because he’s sent me emails talking about the polls), but instead, he focuses on ME. What I want and need.
Uh-huh. I’ll believe it when I see it, Biden. You can’t just send an email SAYING you’re focusing on the average American. You have to actually focus on the average American.