Day 394: 6/17/20

After all that talking about non-fundraising stuff on Tuesday, Joe Biden had to refresh his emails.


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!

Normal emails for a normal day.

Joe Biden sent 3 emails to each account on Thursday.


All of those emails asked for donations and nothing else.

News event was Trump’s birthday

In the first email, Biden worried that Trump’s birthday was the single largest fundraising day for Trump’s campaign… but that was okay, I was assured! His team’s doing just fine! But, you know, donate if I can?

The second email was inviting me to the fundraiser with Obama, but wait, there’s more! If I donated through THIS link, not only would I get admission to the fundraiser, but I’d be entered for the chance to win a one-on-one call with Biden and Obama!

I’d already signed up for that fundraiser. The email wasn’t totally clear whether or not I had to donate again to be included in the contest.

Finally, the third email was once again talking about how Trump had recently had his best fundraising day ever, while team Biden… well, they fell just short of their last fundraising goal. But that’s okay! Just, you know, if I can donate, maybe I should?

I guess, after talking about actual issues with the country and policy plans on Tuesday, Biden’s email team needed to get back to their comfort zone: asking for money.

Twenty-five emails away from a new line on this chart.

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