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Amy Poehler Fundraising For Sen. Al Franken

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Actress Amy Poehler is hosting a fundraiser for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn) in Los Angles on April 24, according to a fundraising email sent out by the Franken campaign.

Both Poehler and Franken are former “Saturday Night Live” actors and writers. As the trend goes, the Franken campaign is raffling off tickets to the fundraiser for a few lucky supporters who donate a minimum of $5 to the senator’s reelection bid.

The “Parks and Recreation” actress isn’t the only celebrity Franken has enlisted to help out in his reelection campaign. MinnPost reports the Franken campaign also raffled off tickets to Franken fundraisers featuring Conan O’Brien and Jon Hamm, as well as singer Paul Simon. However, the Simon fundraiser was cancelled due to the government shutdown.

Franken has brought in many donations from entertainment personnel and SNL alum this election cycle, including contributions from Lorne Michaels, Lily Tomlin, Buck Henry, Steve Martin, Will Forte, Tim Meadows, Kevin Nealon, Blythe Danner, Carl Reiner, Kevin Kline, Jane Curtin and Ed Harris, according to FEC reports.

The Minnesota Senate race is likely to be competitive, as it was in 2008 when Franken ousted Sen. Norm Colman by a little over 300 votes. Top Republican candidates include financial executive Mike McFadden and Minnesota state Sen. Julianne Ortman. Franken currently has a campaign war chest of $2.7 million.

 

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Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Attend DNC Fundraiser

Justin Timberlake and wife/actress Jessica Biel attended a Democratic National Committee (DNC) fundraiser, headlined by President Obama, at Harvey Weinstein and wife Georgina Chapman‘s Manhattan home on May 13, reports Deadline.

The fundraiser for the DNC and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) was to raise funds for the 2014 midterm elections.

Approximately 65 guests attended the fundraiser, paying between $16,200-$20,000 a ticket. Among the guests at Weinstein’s house, were Steve Martin, Melanie Griffith, Steve Buscemi, Uma Thurman, as well as fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger and White House staffers Dan Pfeiffer and Jay Carney.

The New York Post reported that Saturday Night Live comedian Jay Pharaoh impersonated Obama in a skit and was assisted by Timberlake, Biel and Martin who played White House staffers.

This was the first Hollywood-hosted fundraiser since Obama’s 2012 election. Obama tapped celebrity hosts such as George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Anna Wintour to host fundraisers in 2012.

 

Steve Martin Endorses Bob Kerrey in Nebraska Senate Race

Actor and comedian Steve Martin endorsed Nebraska Senate candidate Bob Kerrey in a Youtube video posted Thursday. Kerrey, a Democrat, previously served Nebraska as Governor from 1983-87 and Senator from 1989-2001.

Kerrey is currently running against Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer in a highly contested race for former Sen. Ben Nelson’s seat.