I really do wish there were good emails to talk about.
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 me 3 non-donor emails on Tuesday and only 2 donor emails.
The extra non-donor email was to sign a petition to condemn Trump. As I had already done this on my donor account, I did not receive that email to my donor address. However, the non-donor email upped the ante from the first time the petition was sent out.
Originally, Biden wanted 1 million Americans to take a stand against Trump.
Well, now that he’s received 1.5 million Americans signing on, he wants 2.5 million Americans.
However, I will say that for the first time in a long time, Fundraising wasn’t even a topic of any of Biden’s daily emails.
Instead, his focus was entirely on Trump.
First, he wanted to show off his fantastic poll numbers and assure me he absolutely wasn’t taking them for granted, Trump was going to be a hard opponent to beat (despite a month ago telling me that he wasn’t going to focus on polls). Then the petition to condemn Trump. Finally, he sent me an email with a twist. The subject line?
Here’s what you might be seeing on TV right now
Trump attack ads.
Not racial tensions, not protests, not COVID spiking again because of rushed state openings, or the new U.S. recession. Nope, he wanted to talk about Trump attack ads.
Look, we’ll be the first to tell you that there are many other news stories right now at both the national and local levels that are deserving of your time, attention, and activism.
But, we knew we had to reach out to you about this latest ad buy. These Trump Super PAC ads aggressively attack Joe Biden, have $7.5 million behind them, and they’re on the air in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin — we’re guessing you might have already seen them on TV.JoeBiden.com
Really? The first to tell me? Because from what I’ve seen, Biden’s email team has done just about everything they can to not tell me about that other stuff that they didn’t even bother to name.
Being a leader is more than just asking for money. I want to see more leadership from Joe Biden in my inbox. I don’t understand why this is such a difficult ask.