Joe Biden and Barack Obama held a joint fundraiser on Tuesday, but as soon as it began, the email team forgot about it.
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!
Joe Biden sent 3 emails to each account on Tuesday. He did send me a fourth donor email that I did not count, as it was a reminder about the Obama/Biden fundraiser I had signed up for and therefore not one that the standard, non-engaged list would receive.
The emails started off with Biden musing about how excited he was for his fundraiser with Obama tonight, a fundraiser for which they had raised 98% of their still-undefined goal. There was still time for me to donate, though! One more donation could push them to the top!
He then followed up with a reminder that I still hadn’t done the “Beat Trump” survey, and he then sent an email to remind me that he needed money in order to remove Trump’s failed leadership from the White House and replace him with Biden’s much more sensible and sane leadership.
But again, once the Biden/Obama fundraiser began, there was no follow-up. No email about how successful it was (it was very successful, with I believe 175,000 people donating close to $11 million?) But then again, why would the campaign bother to share good news?
Dire news is what opens the pocketbooks.