U.S. Sen. Al Franken Tuesday made a money pitch for U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

"I am writing to ask you to help my friend and colleague Senator Amy Klobuchar from my home state of Minnesota," he wrote in an fundraising email sent through both his info@alfranken.com and her info@amyklobuchar.com addresses. "But if there's one thing I know about the right-wing attack machine, it's that none of that will stop them from going after Amy in this campaign. And if there's another thing I know about them, it's that the only way to beat them is with strong grassroots support from people like you. In fact, not "people like you." You, specifically"

Franken, who built up a pretty hefty fundraising list during his extended 2008 campaign, did not note that the GOP hasn't quite settled on a premier candidate to run against Klobuchar.

According to the Center for Reponsive Politics, Klobuchar has raised about $5 million for her 2012 race. Her only listed competitors, Republican Dan Severson and Democrat Dick Franson, have raised just a few thousand dollars.