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Encyclopedia > Midwest Values PAC

Midwest Values PAC (MVP) is a political action committee or PAC that was founded by political satirist, best selling author, and radio host Al Franken in the fall of 2005. In the United States, a political action committee, or PAC, is the name commonly given to a private group organized to elect or defeat government officials in order to promote legislation, often supporting the groups special interests. ... Al Franken entertaining at Ramstein Air Base, December 2000. ...

Franken has successfully used his national reputation to draw in donations from thousands of individuals, including a number of celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Nora Ephron, Larry David and Jimmy Smits. After less than one year of operation MVP raised nearly $1,000,000, making it one of the most successful new PACs. Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an iconic two-time Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, film producer and director. ... Nora Ephron Nora Ephron (born May 19, 1941 in New York City, New York) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and novelist. ... Larry in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Smoking Jacket. Larry David (born July 2, 1947) is an American actor, writer, producer, and film director born and raised in the Sheepshead Bay section of Brooklyn, New York. ... Jimmy Smits as President Matt Santos on The West Wing. ...

MVP’s stated goal is “...to provide financial and organizational support to progressive candidates, activists, and causes." It is based on the values Franken learned growing up in Minnesota: strong communities; healthy and secure families; equal opportunity for all; honesty and common sense in government; and most of all, the belief that progressives are worth fighting for. Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ...

Through MVP Franken has contributed to national Democratic Party organizations, Minnesota Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar and House candidates Coleen Rowley, Tim Walz and Patty Wetterling. Democratic Party may refer to one of many political parties of diverse political orientation: Democratic Parties United States—Democratic Party (United States) Albania—Democratic Alliance Party, Democratic Party (Albania), and Democratic Party of Albania Andorra—Democratic Party (Andorra) Australia—Australian Democrats Benin—Democratic Party (Benin) Bosnia and Herzegovina—Croatian Democratic...

Franken, a Democrat, is contemplating a run in 2008 for the US Senate seat currently held by Republican Norm Coleman. Coleman was elected to the seat in 2002 after Democrat Paul Wellstone died in a plane crash on October 25th of that year. Franken has said that Wellstone was one of his political heroes, and Franken has frequently criticized Coleman. Unseating Coleman would likely be particularly gratifying to Franken. Norman Bertram Norm Coleman Jr. ... Paul David Wellstone (July 21, 1944 – October 25, 2002) was an American politician and two-term U.S. Senator from Minnesota. ...

MVP’s short term goal is to elect progressive Democrats, with a particular emphasis on retaking one or both of the houses of Congress in the 2006 mid-term election. MVP’s broader mission may be to serve as a platform for Franken to demonstrate his fundraising prowess and to build goodwill and strengthen his ties to Democratic powerbrokers. Doing so could help set the stage for a Franken campaign in 2008.

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