Al Franken Wants to Introduce You to Jon Hamm

The Minnesota Democrat’s 2014 campaign is running a fundraising contest to win a trip to meet the ‘Mad Man’ star.

Actor Jon Hamm arrives on the red carpet for the 65th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on September 22, 2013.
National Journal
Matt Berman
Feb. 14, 2014, 8:01 a.m.

Ever want to meet Don Draper in real life? If you’re a Demo­crat­ic polit­ic­al donor, now could be your chance.

Al Franken’s Sen­ate cam­paign is run­ning a fun­drais­ing com­pet­i­tion where any­one who makes a con­tri­bu­tion to the cam­paign is auto­mat­ic­ally entered for a chance to win a trip to Min­neapol­is for a Feb. 21 event with Franken and act­or Jon Hamm. The con­test is a bit dif­fer­ent than your typ­ic­al big-name fun­draiser, as its goal seems to be at least as much about boost­ing the num­ber of small cam­paign donors as pad­ding the over­all total.

Hamm’s not the only celebrity be­ing used by politi­cians to help raise cam­paign cash. Three Re­pub­lic­an mem­bers of Con­gress are hold­ing fun­draisers at a Justin Tim­ber­lake show in D.C. this month, and just a year ago Franken held a fun­draiser with Con­an O’Bri­en.

And Hamm him­self is no stranger to polit­ics. In 2012, he filmed a pitch for early vot­ing in Col­or­ado on be­half of Obama for Amer­ica. But it’s not like Franken really is in des­per­ate need for the ap­peal of one of People‘s 2008 “sex­i­est men alive.” He’s already po­ten­tially up double-di­gits over a GOP op­pon­ent, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent poll. But, hey, every little bit helps.

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