Day 499: 9/30/20

We just survived the final end-of-quarter deadline of the 2020 Presidential Election. With any luck, there’s only one more end-of-month deadline (and one more mid-month deadline, and one more one-month-out deadline, and one more final-week deadline, and three more debate deadlines…)


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.

Biden actually went down one

Donald Trump sent 13 emails on Wednesday, while Joe Biden sent 6.

Last day of the month

Unsurprisingly, with September 30 being the last day of the month and of the quarter, both Biden and Trump were making huge fundraising pushes. Trump, however, threw in a survey asking for my opinion of who won the debate on Tuesday, while Biden, still thinking I’m Steven from Ohio, reminded me that the deadline to register to vote in Ohio was coming up and I needed to check my registration and make sure I could vote in the upcoming election.

Everything focused in one little concentration of letters.

Trump was very interested in the debates and his EPIC performance, while Biden wrapped up the debates and immediately moved his focus to the upcoming fundraising deadline.

To celebrate his “victory,” Trump has upped his donation matching to 850%, the highest ever (so far, though some texts seem to indicate Official Trump Text Members get 900% matching). This is his way of “upping the stakes.”

Your gift will be 850%-MATCH

Again, making it easier to hit your goal does not up the stakes.

Both Biden and Trump sent out similar fundraising emails yesterday, talking about how they were behind on their goal and it was crucial that I step up to carry them to victory.

The Debate was last night and our critical End-of-Quarter Deadline is TONIGHT. 

This is our BIGGEST goal yet, but I noticed you haven’t stepped up to help us CRUSH it. Why is that?

It’s going to take EVERY PATRIOT stepping up if we’re going to raise another $2,500,000 by the end of the night and make this our BEST fundraising quarter ever. We can’t do this without you, Amy.

This deadline is so crucial to WINNING in November that I’ve activated a special 800%-MATCH on ALL CONTRIBUTIONS.
Please contribute ANY AMOUNT RIGHT NOW to help CRUSH our End-of-Quarter Goal and your contribution will be 800%-MATCHED. >>
800% Matching Let's Crush Our End of Quarter Goal
This is the FINAL DAY to contribute, and I’m counting on YOU to step up, Amy.
My team is giving me the FINAL list of supporters TONIGHT - will I see your name?

Please contribute ANY AMOUNT IMMEDIATELY to get on the final list of Deadline Donors I see and your gift will be 800%-MATCHED.

Thank you,

President Trump Signature Headshot
Donald J. Trump
President of the United States

Compare, if you will, to Biden’s version.

We’re just a few hours away from the single most important deadline of this campaign, so I had to reach out to you one last time.

I’ll be honest with you -- if we don’t reach this goal, it could mean we have to make some tough decisions when it comes to our budget for the final month of this race.

Joe and I are traveling (safely) to as many states as we can in this final stretch, and it’s expensive to keep our operation running while we’ve got organizers working and ads running in so many battleground states.

So, Steven, I’m personally asking you to dig as deep as you can right now and pitch in $25 or whatever you can spare to help me and Joe raise $405,000 more from Michigan by midnight. This is a make-or-break goal, and I’m worried we will fall short if more people don’t step up.
Together, we’ve accomplished some incredible things in the last two months.

We held a successful convention that brought Democrats (and some Republicans and Independents!) from all across the world together, talked to supporters across the country, and built up the infrastructure of organizers and volunteers that will help us win in just 34 days.

And I believe that over the next 34 days, we can change the course of this nation -- but believe me when I say the pressure is on.

Look, Steven, we can’t afford to miss our mark on any of our goals this close to Election Day.

From health care to voting rights, our democratic institutions -- and our values -- are at stake. It’s more clear than ever that this is the most important election of our lifetimes.

And with our last end-of-quarter deadline quickly approaching, we only have a few hours left to make up for lost ground.
So, Steven, I wouldn’t be asking if it wasn’t important. You could be the difference between going into this final sprint with the power we’ll need to win and us falling short tonight. Can you be one of the donors we need to pitch in and help us raise $405,000 more from Michigan by midnight?

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Thanks for your support, Steven.

For The People,


At least neither campaign abuses color to the extent that Amy Klobuchar did. That’s all I can say.

Biden is one email shy of 300

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