It's hard to come up with something new amid the election year's constant barrage of fundraising emails -- just ask the Obama campaign, whose requests for money are often mocked.
But Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., may have broken new ground in a money request with the subject line "Great Moments in Fundraising Email History." The former SNL writer gets to exercise his comedic chops, laying out the following timeline in the email:
1924: Calvin Coolidge earns the nickname "Silent Cal" after his web team accidentally sends out a blank fundraising email. (It does surprisingly well.)
2012: (Insert your name here) donates $5, $10, or even $20 to help my campaign raise the $20,000 we need to keep our operation going and growing this month.
Okay, so maybe Franken was making some of that up. Still, it takes something special to break through the email clutter.