Franken enlists 'SNL' star to raise funds


Minnesota's junior Democratic senator spent much of the 2008 campaign downplaying his years on NBC's sketch comedy show. But he's embracing those roots this weekend with a fundraiser for his political action committee featuring Meyers, host of the "Weekend Update" segment and the show's head writer.

Franken was a writer and performer on the show from 1975 to 1980 and again from 1985 to 1995. He grew up in Minnesota and returned in 2005, where he went on to successfully challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.

Tickets to Saturday's event at the Carlyle condominium tower are $50. Proceeds will benefit Franken's Midwest Values PAC, which is raising money to support Democratic U.S. House and Senate candidates in the November election.

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