Well, Joe Biden managed to not address the riots for the first time on June 1. Doesn’t mean I’m not disappointed.
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!
Whatever problems Joe Biden had with my email seem to have sorted themselves out, though I never did get the missing emails. I’m back to an even balance of donor and non-donor emails, with 25 and 26 in the past week (I got invited to a Young Americans for Biden thing on my donor account).
Despite Sunday being the last day of a fundraising period, it was also one of the lowest days for email volume. Emails went up on Monday and Tuesday and up again on Saturday, which are unusual days for extra emails.
There was a newsletter from Biden this week, which pushed up the variety of asks, though the bulk remained the same: give us money, give us money for something, and fill out our surveys. They did push donations to the NAACP this week, sending two emails about that, and Biden finally emailed me about just the riots with no ask on June 2.
As always, with Biden’s emails, the bulk of the messaging focused on raising money for Biden. He did occasionally mention the racial injustice unrest or COVID-19, but he also mentioned Trump’s ad campaigns.
The policy email was part of the newsletter. In it, he laid out some of his plans for fixing the major problems we are facing right now.
But mostly, Biden just wanted money.
I was looking at his new email header quite a lot this week, though, and was thinking about it.
A note: we are holding off on emailing our grassroots supporters in a number of cities that are experiencing protests and unrest. This is a difficult time for our country and we understand that it may be an especially difficult time for many of you personally. If you’d like to pause fundraising emails for the next two weeks, click here.
I’ve been complaining that Biden hasn’t been using his emails to address the protests. But thinking about it, this header was even on the non-fundraising email Biden sent addressing the protests.
Does this mean that the people in the most-affected cities, the people who are desperately screaming for a compassionate and empathetic leader they can look to, aren’t getting anything from Biden’s campaign?
Does this mean that because Biden’s email team can’t figure out how to write an email that isn’t begging for money, they’re just going to cut off Biden’s empathy from the people who need to see it the most?
If you live in one of those cities where Biden stopped emailing, can you let me know if your emails from Biden stopped? Or did you at least get the newsletter and the emails about George Floyd?
Because if he cut those off too… do better. America needs a leader, not someone who just doesn’t talk to the people suffering the most.