Week 58: June 21-June 27, 2020

If everything goes well, this will be the last week of only Joe Biden emails…

June has been more volatile than May.

For all new readers: Welcome! I am currently on the mailing lists of Joe Biden and Donald Trump, though I have previously been on the mailing lists of 28 Democratic candidates! 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!

It took some time for the Trump emails to kick in, so I started officially tracking his list on July 7. I have been tracking Biden’s for longer, but I will start comparing them as of July 7. All of these emails are going to a new email, and I have not donated, filled out surveys, signed petitions, or otherwise interacted with either candidate’s emails.

The rules I try to follow for the various categories are laid out in The Framework.

This is actually one fewer than last week.

Joe Biden sent a total of 23 emails to each of my accounts last week.

Extra on the weekends

The extra emails came on Sunday and Saturday, bookmarking the week.

We’re approaching the end of the month. Can you tell?

With the end of the month, and the end of the first “quarter” of the general election fast approaching, Biden has been making every attempt to haul in money at the cost of being personable or pro-rights.

It has been Pride month for 28 days now, and we still haven’t received a full sentence on it.

No email about the DACA ruling.

No focus on LGBTQ+ rights being cemented by the court.

No discussion about the fundraiser Biden had with Obama, other than to repeat Obama telling us that we’re not doing enough.


Almost nothing at all this week that was not MONEY MONEY MONEY.

One thing I did notice was that the average donations have been increasing. My average donation to the Biden campaign, I’ve been told, has been $8 so far (so will I double-down and meet Obama’s request to do more?). However, the smallest donation amount requested from my donor account most days has been $46.

I remember when it used to be $5.

I don’t have a spare $46 to give to Biden just because it’s the end of the third month since Bernie Sanders dropped out. If I did, I wouldn’t give it to Biden. Until Biden’s emails convince me that he’s in this race for something more than money and being not-Trump (there’s 142 million people eligible to be the President based on being not-Trump), my donations are maxing out at $1. There are plenty of local and state races and charitable causes I can donate to that make me feel good about giving them money. Biden isn’t one of them.

But what did I mean at the beginning, that if things go well, this is the last week of only Biden?

Well, after months of trying and three different email addresses and different names, I finally managed to get on Trump’s mailing list! I think…

I got a “welcome to the team” email from his list, at least, and now I’m waiting to see if the regular emails start going. I’m not surprised I haven’t gotten any more this weekend, as scheduled emails can use pre-generated mailing lists and I might not have been put on it yet, but if this week starts the Trump emails regularly, then I’ll be able to start tracking him over my charts.

I’ve been working on some new metrics for when this happens. Look forward to finding out which candidate sends more emails praising themselves, which ones abuse ALL-CAPS, and which ones are guilt-tripping in tone…

When I start tracking Trump, I will retire this chart.

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