Personally, I find it tasteless to elevate a powerful Black woman solely for the purpose of asking for money, instead of drawing attention to the vital and topical work she is doing in her day job.
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 to each account on Monday. This is pretty typical for Biden, and nothing to call attention to.
Two of the emails were straight-up asking for money, while the third was a “forwarded” email from another staffer who had noticed that MY NAME SPECIFICALLY was missing from the list of people getting membership cards, and was Elana Firsht SURE I didn’t want one, because that didn’t seem like me!
Uh-huh, I totally believe that email was sent. I totally believe that out of the entire mailing list, which apparently includes 1.2 million new members since June 1, they noticed that I didn’t donate on the link to get a membership card.
Does anyone actually buy that disingenuine stuff? Why do they still insist on using it? Biden doesn’t know me. Most of his staffers don’t know me. Certainly none of them know me enough to specifically look through the list of thousands of names, notice mine wasn’t on the list, and know that I wanted a card so badly that I skipped every other email about the card and would be devastated if they didn’t extend the deadline just for me.
Maybe that marketing strategy worked in the 90s, but it rings so false today.
Even more upsetting to me, however, was the use of Kamala Harris as a fundraising flag.
The email started off innocently enough (except I knew what email Biden was referencing, the one that I said was poor timing because it was just asking for money after the first wave of protests and Biden still hadn’t made any mention of George Floyd).
Did you know that Senator Kamala Harris is co-sponsoring a bill in the Senate right now that would ban chokeholds (the way George Floyd, Eric Garner, and countless other Black men were murdered), limit “qualified immunity” for police (which means if police do a bad like destroy your house or life even if you didn’t do anything, whoopsie, you can’t sue them), create a national misconduct registry (which means police who abuse their power would have that record follow them), end the use of no-knock warrants in drug cases (which is what happened when police broke into the home of Breanna Taylor, an EMT sleeping peacefully in her bed, when they were searching for a suspect they already had in custody and murdered her by shooting her eight times), and make lynching a federal crime?
Biden certainly didn’t take this opportunity to mention that.
I don’t understand why not. It is a topical bill that is literally being shouted for in cities across the entire country. Instead of pasting a picture of a Black woman into the email and saying “give old white guy money,” they could have used this email to elevate the work the Congressional Black Caucus, including Kamala, is doing, and point out that the best way to secure bills like this one and the ones that need to follow will be to support Democrats up and down the ballot and get Joe Biden in office, so hey, can you chip in?
Tim Ryan is using his mailing list right now to have a conversation about what is going on, why there is such a disparity between Black and white communities, and ways that the system needs to change to allow for equality. He is stressing the importance of using his platform to speak up and elevate the discussion.
Joe Biden has a very wide-reaching platform. Why is he letting his team squander its power?