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.
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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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