Al Franken does double duty in Ketchum: $250 YMCA fundraiser, $500-$5,000 for his PACs

The Minnesota Democratic senator will revive his comedian chops tonight in Ketchum, as he headlines "An Evening with Al Franken," a $250-per-person fundraiser for the Wood River Community YMCA. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at Kipp Nelson's Adams Gulch Amphitheater, a private outdoor theater behind Nelson's home. Nelson, a former partner at Goldman Sachs, is a partner in California-based Flashlight Films and a board member at the United States Ski and Snowboard Association.

On Saturday morning, Franken is the main attraction at a campaign fundraising brunch benefiting Franken's 2012 re-election bid, as well as Franken's leadership political action committee, Midwest Values PAC.

The "Franken MVPs" brunch begins at 11:30 a.m. at the home of Anne and Sean Coffey, also in Ketchum. Brunch costs a minimum of $500 and up to $5,000.

The Coffeys are sustainers of Midwest Values PAC, which raised $1.6 million in 2010 to help Democratic candidates. Anne Coffey is an actress who appeared in "This is Spinal Tap." Sean Coffey ran for the Democratic nomination for attorney general in New York in 2010, but lost. Sean Coffey is a retired Navy Captain and former federal prosecutor who helped recover $6 billion in a lawsuit against WorldCom.

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Adams Gulch?

I would think Mr. Nelson would name his amphitheater...the GOLDMAN SACHS GOLDEN PARACHUTE theater.

Al Franken is in state?

Oh, I thought it was the fires and Nampa that fouled the air.

Guess not.


Al's slumming.

Please let us know

if Franken accidentally says something that is even slightly humorous.

A. Whitney Brown will mop him up if that happens.


You fry wants with that?