Franken seeks help for Dorgan

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is asking his supporters to help finance a North Dakota colleague’s campaign.

Franken today sent an e-mail message to his supporters asking them to donate to Sen. Byron Dorgan’s campaign who last year, he said, "made the long trek from North Dakota to Minnesota and we spent some time talking to folks about helping small businesses and getting our economy moving again. I can’t tell you how grateful I was for his insight and support."

Franken, who took office in July, said he has come to know Dorgan as a senator "and my respect for his dedication to public service continues to grow."

In his e-mail, Franken includes a place for his supporters to click to make on-line donations.

"Look, we need genuine champions of the middle class in the Senate, and Byron Dorgan is one of the best," Franken wrote. "Can you donate $5 or more today to help Senator Dorgan gear up for 2010?"

Federal Elections Commission reports indicate Dorgan’s campaign has $4 million in the bank.

Franken often used e-mail to seek support for his campaign last year, then recount efforts as his race with Norm Coleman went into overtime.

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