Days 397 and 398: 6/20/20-6/21/20

This past weekend was split between Obama’s fundraiser and Trump’s rally, with one mention of the start of summer for good measure.


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!

Busy weekend

Joe Biden sent 8 emails to each account over the weekend.

Looks like an olive again.

Despite the higher-than-normal level of emails over the weekend, only one of them was not asking for a donation. That one was extending the deadline for a survey because it was the start of summer and they were feeling generous.

It was a weekend of repeats

Biden cracked out an old favorite of his, an email about a bully boss his dad used to work for. It’s exactly the same as the past three times he sent me this email, down to the “I want to do something different” that he starts the email with. There wasn’t even an update to the text to talk about how Trump is destroying the country with his incompetence when it comes to racial injustice or the pandemic. No, it was still about Trump being a bully, and Biden wouldn’t stand for that.

He also sent me an Obama email about the fundraiser, down to the folksy insert of Bo and Sunny sometimes turning up on his video calls these days. I guess the email team had the weekend off.

Most of the emails were about the Joe/Obama fundraiser set for Tuesday. If I had procrastinated in my signing up, I could have signed up and been entered twice to win a chance to have a meet and greet. Or, if I wanted to donate again, I could have been given an additional two entries.

I know it’s a method to incentivise extra donations, but this sort of “Hey, you didn’t have good time management skills and sign up early? WE’LL REWARD YOU!” always makes me scowl, no matter what it’s for, political or not. It’s a prodigal son feeling: I did what you wanted, when you wanted, early enough so you can plan and use my contribution. Why don’t I get the bonus points?

Risk/reward, I guess. I didn’t take the risk of openings running out or forgetting to sign up, so I don’t get the reward of a double entry.

Still bugs me.

This week, the chart will change!

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