Week 52: May 10-May 16, 2020

This past week, the biggest thing on Joe Biden’s mind (other than money) was wondering what was on my mind.

Sometimes I miss the wild swings in volume.

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!

Only a little over his usual

In 7 days, Joe Biden sent a total of 22 emails, or one more than his average of 3 a day.

This was not average

However, Biden’s counts actually fluctuated a bit this week, with Tuesday getting one fewer donor email and Wednesday getting one extra. The 4 email day fell on Thursday.

A quarter of the asks were for surveys

Biden’s focus was, as it always is, on raising money, but he did have quite a few asks for me to fill out various surveys or be part of his focus group (which means surveys). Some surveys were lengthier than others, and some were simple questions such as “do you plan on voting by mail if it’s available?”

In addition to the surveys, Biden offered me his 46 sticker again.

Time to get serious about fundraising?

However, we passed the halfway point of May, so that means Biden is doubling down on his fundraising asks (just as he does at the end of the month, and the beginning, and the week before the end of the month, and basically any day except maybe the 2nd-6th of the month). When he’s not talking about fundraising, he talks a lot about what Trump is doing (or not doing), such as attacking the post office or failing on the coronavirus response.

Biden also invited me to a grassroots strategy summit today, so I can learn all about his strategy for the general election.

But mostly, Biden just wanted me to know why it was so important that I donated to his campaign.

We’re coming up on a year. This chart shows a year of emails.

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