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Conan O'Brien to fundraise for Franken in MN

Posted by: Eric Roper under Minnesota U.S. senators Updated: May 7, 2010 - 11:08 AM

Conan O'Brien is heading to Minneapolis later this month where he will fundraise for former SNL colleague Al Franken -- the second time in recent weeks that SNL alumni have come out to raise money for the senator.

The reception and dinner with O'Brien will be held at a private home in Minneapolis on May 17th, according to an invitation. It comes on the heels of a Los Angeles fundraiser for Franken hosted by Dan Aykroyd last week, featuring SNL alums Kevin Nealon and Dana Carvey.

Franken also brought SNL cast member Seth Meyers to Minneapolis in March for a fundraiser.

Guests must give a minimum of $500 to attend the reception with O'Brien, who is gearing up for his new television show on TBS this fall. "Diehard Activists" can donate $4,800 to attend the dinner and have their photo taken with Conan and Franken, according to the invite.

The event will be hosted at the Mount Curve Ave. home of Gloria Finley and Robert Levine. Levine contributed to Franken's campaign and is employed as a real estate developer, according to Federal Election Commission records.

Proceeds will go to Franken's joint fundraising political action committee, "Franken MVPs," which directs the funds to both his campaign committee and leadership PAC. The leadership PAC will likely use the money to support Democratic candidates in this fall's mid-term elections.

The events mark a departure from Franken's Senate campaign, when the former comedian largely dowplayed his SNL connections.

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