Obama was the person of the week in Joe Biden’s 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!
Over the past seven days, Joe Biden sent 24 emails to each of my accounts.
Four of the days had 4 emails, which is more than Biden’s usual, though Sunday only had 2 emails to each account.
There was a newsletter sent out this week, which increases the topic variety, but mostly, Biden wanted to talk about Trump’s fundraising and campaigning, which fell into the “news events” category. Biden did manage to send an email about Juneteenth on Juneteenth, though it was the last email of the day. More impressively, he managed to send out an email about Trump’s first rally of the summer within hours of the rally beginning.
It’s really quite frustrating how Biden’s emails have immediate responses to actions by Trump but drag their feet when it come to issues of national importance, unrest, or holidays.
For the first time in a long time, though, Biden is hyping up a campaign event. He very rarely uses his emails to let me know about events I can attend, choosing to cram his schedule into his newsletter along with all of his other current-events-not-related-to-Trump mentions. This past newsletter alone talked about COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ rights, and the anniversary of the Pulse shooting.
Apparently, the newsletters are the only time Biden is allowed to email his supporters about something other than collecting money or data.
Biden is having a campaign event, though, a grassroots fundraiser with Obama. If you sign up using the correct link, you could even be entered for a chance to have a meet-and-greet call with Obama and Biden in advance of the fundraiser. Not all links to the event seem to link to the contest, though, so be careful which one you use if the chance to win is important to you.
As always, Biden’s emails this week have left me frustrated and disappointed. But I’m also angry. I’m a supporter of Biden, and his emails make me not want to support him. How in the world do they make not-full-supporters feel?
How is that building a winning coalition?