Day 521: 10/22/20

I think it was a debate day on Thursday. Just a hunch, based off the emails I received…


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 a new record for emails sent by a single candidate in a single day.

Donald Trump sent a massive 19 emails in 24 hours, while Joe Biden “restrained” himself with only 6.

So little variation

Nearly every email in my inbox was about the final debate between Biden and Trump. Even Trump can’t send 19 emails on the same topic, though, so he did slip in an offer to win a signed gold star, the last 600% match of the campaign (this is the third time I received that particular offer), 2 free gifts with a donation, the chance to buy a grateful Melania’s calendar, and the opportunity to receive texts from Trump.


By the end of the night, all the gratitude was gone and Trump was spitting venom about how the debates were biased against him, Biden was owned by China, and the Democrats’ socialist agenda would destroy America (but if I donate now, I get an 800% match with a shiny gold check!)

Biden, on the other hand, was looking forward to his chance to talk to the American people and contrast himself against Trump and hopeful that I’d support his campaign with a donation. A flood of support, after all, would really help carry him through the debate.

Trump wanted to know why I hadn’t donated to get my name on his livestream.

They might actually both break their milestone tomorrow.

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