Democratic Sen. Al Franken blasted out a plea for cash to the vast multitude of addresses on his email marketing list which uses his infant grandson as a fundraising prop.
As shown below, a time-and-date stamp on the email shows that an organization called Al Franken for Senate (email@example.com) sent it on Wednesday at 9:47 a.m.
The subject line reads: “Help make dad’s birthday great.”
The signature line reads “Thomasin & Baby Joe Franken.”
The body of the email, which contains no fewer than five links to Franken’s website contribution page, then has Franken’s infant grandson soliciting political contributions for his grandfather’s May 21 birthday. (He will be 64.)
“Gampa yay!” the email has the baby boy saying.
“That means ‘My grandpa is the best senator.’ And it’s true — my dad spends his days working to make sure Minnesota families have what they need to succeed.”
“Birf da. Wooooooo,” the email then has the infant exclaiming. “Oo Oo Ah AH”
The email explains that “the best gift” for Franken “would be giving him the support he needs to continue his work.”
The Minnesota senator hopes to use his gurgling grandson to raise $25,000 on his birthday, even though he won re-election in 2014 and his current term won’t expire until 2020.
At Franken’s contribution page, the senator offers the opportunity to sign up for a monthly subscription of fealty ranging from $3 to $500 each month for 12 months.
“If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately,” the email adds.
“I know dad will be incredibly touched when he sees what we’ve done for him.”
Franken was an unfunny comedian with bit parts on “Saturday Night Live” and a penchant for cocaine before he barely won a Senate seat in 2008, riding the coattails of then-candidate Barack Obama. He had also written and starred in the utter commercial flop “Stuart Saves His Family” ($6.3 million budget; $911,310 box office).