Franken, Coleman looking for advice — and money

Al Franken meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Reid's Capitol Hill office in Washington last month.
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Al Franken meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Reid’s Capitol Hill office in Washington last month.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Minnesota’s Senate recount slouches on, both Al Franken and Norm Coleman are in Washington, D.C., today looking for two things essential to any politician engaged in a protracted race for office and an ongoing legal battle: expert advice and money.

With a likely lead of 249 and counting, Franken’s trip to the nation’s capital has been billed as a “preparation for the Senate” voyage.

Over the next two days, the entertainer turned Democratic politician expects to receive words of wisdom from Senate staff members, leaders with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and the late Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone’s senior policy adviser.

Among other things, the conversation will likely include discussions on policy, Senate procedure and rules, and economic and energy issues.

In the meantime, Franken’s Republican opponent —former Sen. Norm Coleman — will also be in D.C. for a fundraiser at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

The event, which is intended to help Coleman raise money for the recount, will bring together Senate Republican leadership, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Republican Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

According to an invitation, it costs $2,300 per person to host the event and $500 per person to attend.

Last month, Coleman took a consulting job with the Republican Jewish Coalition to help pay for his recount costs, while Franken held his own fundraiser at the luxury Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Cynthia Dizikes covers Minnesota’s congressional delegation and reports on issues and developments in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at cdizikes [at] minnpost [dot] com.

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