'Mad Men' star to host Franken fundraiser in Minneapolis


One of the stars of the hit AMC-TV series "Mad Men" series is coming to Minneapolis, and it's not Minnesota native Vincent Kartheiser.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that Jon Hamm, who stars as Don Draper on the show, will appear at a "Mad Men"-themed fundraiser Feb. 21 in Minneapolis.

A Franken spokeswoman confirmed Hamm's appearance at the event, which will be hosted by Sam and Sylvia Kaplan.

Hamm isn't the only Hollywood star to back Franken. The political blog The Hill reported in April that several celebrities have donated to his re-election campaign, including Carl Reiner, Lily Tomlin, Garrison Keillor and Franken's fellow "Saturday Night Live" alums Kevin Nealon and Jane Curtin.

TV talk show host Conan O'Brien also opened his home for a Franken fundraiser last spring.

Hamm, a Democrat, actively campaigned for other candidates in the 2012 election, and pitched Colorado residents to vote for President Barack Obama, MPR says. He also appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012.

MPR says Franken is leading the 2014 fundraising race, which includes six Republicans and one Independence Party member.

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