Al Franken’s fundraising e-letters are getting more dishonest by the day. This is Franken’s latest dishonest e-letter fundraising appeal:

Dear Cindy,

There are tell-tale signs when a race is heating up. And all the signs in Minnesota point in that direction.

Polls have been getting closer and closer, prompting the Rothenberg Political Report to take Minnesota off its “safe Democrat” list. Outside money is funding attacks against Al. His opponent’s ads distort Al’s record of fighting for Minnesota families.

By themselves, each of these facts is alarming. Taken together, they can only mean one thing: the GOP is coming after Al big time, and he’ll need our help to fight back.

Team Franken needs to reach $200,000 in the next 3 days, and they’re about $15,000 off the mark right now. Help me help Al by contributing $5, or whatever you can, today.

Al is a middle class champion in the Senate. Which means he’s a special interest nightmare. That’s why a super PAC was formed with just one purpose: attack Al.

And in today’s post-Citizens United politics, where there is one super PAC spending money, there will probably be more.

There’s only one way to successfully beat back outside spending in today’s politics — solid grassroots support. That’s what Al needs right now.

And that’s why I’m writing today, to help Al get the grassroots support he needs and deserves. Give $5 or more to make sure Team Franken reaches $200,000 in the next 3 days.

Reading the signs is easy when you’ve been at it long enough. Fighting back against the special interests is hard.

Thanks for doing your part today.

Donna Brazile

Unles Ms. Brazile is talking about internal Franken polling, she’s lying. I’ve watched this race as closely as anyone who isn’t working for the Franken or McFadden campaigns. I’ve only seen a couple of polls on the race. I wrote this post about the KSTP-SurveyUSA poll, which was done in early June. We’re almost to the end of July. There hasn’t been another public poll since the KSTP-SurveyUSA poll.

For the record, I don’t doubt that it’s still a tight race.

Here’s another blast of dishonesty in this fundraising e-letter:

His opponent’s ads distort Al’s record of fighting for Minnesota families.

Thus far, Mike McFadden’s ads have focused on either policies or his biography. I might’ve missed something but I haven’t even seen any of Team McFadden’s ads mention Franken by name.

More importantly, though, Sen. Franken has fought for middle class families if they live in the Twin Cities. He hasn’t fought for middle class families on the Iron Range. In fact, Sen. Franken ignored the Iron Range on his campaign website and in his acceptance speech at the DFL State Convention in Duluth.

That isn’t the definition of fighting for the middle class on the Iron Range.

Based on what I’ve noticed, I’d say that Franken’s frantic fundraising e-letters specialize in dishonesty and paranoia. I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

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3 Responses to “Franken’s dishonest fundraising”

  • Funny, I don’t see ANY “middle class Minnesotans” on this list….


  • walter hanson says:


    What do you expect from a man who does a television ad where he says that it was out of control Wall Street Banks that caused the banking crisis. He doesn’t take into account:

    One, the loans were being given out to people who weren’t qualified in the past because they were pressured by the government to give out loans that they shouldn’t have given out in the first place to people who might not afford them.

    Two, they said the products were guaranteed because the US government said they were guaranteed. Any Wall Street employee will say the product is good to be resold because the US government guarantees the payment.

    Franken creates the impression that it wasn’t the person’s fault or governments fault. Only Wall Street which I’m sad to say is the only one that shouldn’t be blamed.

    I can hardly wait for the look of “This doesn’t not compute” when McFadden raises it in a debate.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

  • Chad Q says:

    What middle class families was Franken fight for when he became the deciding vote for Obamacare which kicked millions off of their insurance and forced them to pay higher premiums and deductibles?
    This guy is a fool yet he will win again because he’s promising to hand out more goodies and make the rich pay for it all.

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