A week after after giving my email address to the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. President, I shared screenshots from their welcoming responses.
Campaign staffers for Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz wrote me hello.
Rubio wrote me three times that day.
Of note, Ben Carson didn’t send me anything.
Keeping in mind that I live in Massachusetts which is a Super Tuesday state, here are some thoughts and takeaways from the first seven days of email messages.
Saturday, February 20:
Rubio began annoying me in three ways.
First, he annoyingly emailed me three times on that Saturday. By contrast, Kasich and Sanders wrote me twice and Cruz wrote me once. The others rested from email.
Second, he annoyingly began every email with the unfriendly “Dear Friend” salutation. This is because his website form only asked for my email address and zip code. By contrast, Kasich’s and Sanders’ forms asked for my name so they wrote “Dear Ari” which made me feel wanted.
Third, he included multiple lines of text and links in the middle of emails asking me donate. Such as:
By contrast, Sanders’ emails included a simpler request:
Sunday, February 21
Rubio emailed me twice. Kasich and Clinton wrote me once.
Of note, Clinton wanted me to click a link and complete a “supporter profile,” presumably to give her my name, address, and other stuff. I passed.
Monday, February 22
Rubio emailed me twice. Kasich and Sanders wrote me once.
Of note, if I donated $10 to Team Kasich, an email said I’d be entered a raffle to win airfare and lodging for two people to attend the Houston GOP debate three days later. Cute but I passed.
Tuesday, February 23
I received three messages from Rubio and Sanders, two messages from Kasich and Trump, and one message each from Clinton and Cruz.
Of note, this was the first time since his welcome on the 19th that Team Trump wrote me. The message came from Dean Cavaretta, his Massachusetts State Director, asking for my help “to make calls, doorknock, and/or distribute information.” I passed.
Also of note, Jeb had withdrawn his candidacy three days earlier but hadn’t emailed me. The Carson campaign was still quiet.
Wednesday, February 24
Rubio and Sanders each sent three emails (to no surprise), and Clinton and Kasich each sent one.
Thursday, February 25
Rubio wrote me four times (and I should note that I explicitly asked for less emails earlier in the week) and Clinton wrote me twice. Kasich, Cruz, and Sanders wrote me once.
Clinton wrote “that Trump isn’t a joke,” Sanders wrote that “the Clinton campaign is nervous,” Cruz wrote that “the negative attacks double or even triple against us,” Rubio wrote that “the stakes have never been higher,” and Kasich wrote he needed $15,000 in less than a day to buy Massachusetts and Vermont TV ads.
Of note, Jeb finally wrote his thank you message. If you haven’t seen it or are curious, here’s a screenshot. Click to zoom:
Friday, February 26
For the first time all week, and as of 9 p.m. when I decided to publish this blog post, the two Democrats each wrote me three times. Rubio wrote me twice. Cruz, Kasich, and Trump each sent one.
Of note, Sanders asked me to “contribute” $3. Clinton asked me to “chip in” $1. Kasich asked me to “consider chipping in $25 or more.” Rubio asked me to “chip in whatever you can afford.”
I’m thinking I’m on Trump’s Massachusetts list and not his national list. Or is he not writing as much as the other guys? Then again, Cruz wrote me just thrice over the week.
And — where’s Carson? I know I signed up. He’s not in the spam folder. Weird.
On to Super Tuesday…
They all have my zip code. I’m curious how many emails I get.