'Parks and Recreation' star to help Franken raise campaign cash
April 17, 2014 — 10:48am
Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken is turning to another celebrity friend to help raise money for his 2014 reelection campaign.
In an e-mail sent today, campaign manager Matt Burgess is offering supporters who donate to Franken's campaign by noon Friday a chance to party with him and “Parks and Recreation” star Amy Poehler in Los Angeles next Wednesday.
Franken’s campaign will cover the cost for airfare and lodging for the winner and a friend.
Republicans criticized Franken during the 2008 Senate race, saying the former Saturday Night Live writer and satirist wasn’t a serious candidate. That led Franken to deemphasize his celebrity ties.
But he's not shying away from his Hollywood connections this time around.
Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” fame and late night host Conan O’Brien are among the celebrities who’ve helped Franken raise campaign cash. Poehler and O’Brien, like Franken, are Saturday Night Live alums.
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