Week 56: June 7-June 13, 2020

This past week, the focus has been largely on Trump.

The emails are getting volatile

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!

I did an action and didn’t get one email.

Joe Biden sent 22 emails to me as a non-donor and 21 emails as a donor, which is on par with his usual 3 emails a day.

Pretty flat

He sent an extra email on Thursday, and because I had signed one of his petitions on Monday, I didn’t get the reminder email to my donor account on Tuesday.

Petitions were popular this week.

As usual, Biden’s focus was on fundraising, with 60% of his asks directly asking for money. He also offered up a handful of petitions: condemn Trump, support the USPS, demand Facebook changes its ways…

Biden also sent me two nearly word-for-word identical emails with the good news that he was extending the deadline to get a membership card. All I had to do was contribute to the Beat Trump Fund! (I ended up contributing through a non-card donation link. I wonder if that means I qualify for the card.)

News Events = a lot of Trump stuff

The overall theme this week was definitely Trump, though. Between the Beat Trump Fund, the petition to condemn the President, his actions with the USPS, and many more, a full 17 of the 22 emails revolved around Trump.

And then, of course, there were the two emails about Trump’s birthday card, both from Rob Flaherty, both oozing malicious glee. It’s easier to tear someone down than it is to build someone up. I’m saddened that for all his talk of battling for the soul of the nation, Joe Biden settles for cheap shots on Trump instead of the hard work of supporting and empowering an angry and hurting country.

This chart bores me so much these days.

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