If everything goes well, this will be the last week of only Joe Biden 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!
Joe Biden sent a total of 23 emails to each of my accounts last week.
The extra emails came on Sunday and Saturday, bookmarking the week.
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…