Al Franken Endorsed By Stock Photography

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It's always embarrassing for politicians when their supporters turn out to be stock photo models. Except when its done knowingly, like this genius pitch from Senator Al Franken.

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Senator Franken fired off an email to his supporters asking for a donation, because that's what politicians do. And in the email, he included some stock photo art. But this was no gaffe. As Tim Murphy reports at Mother Jones, it was done purposefully, as an attention getting joke.

Hello, I'm Woman Picking Out Fruit In Supermarket. And I'm writing to you today on behalf of Al Franken-a Senator who stands up for real people (including those of us who make a living posing for stock photos).

You've seen us shaking hands in business suits, posing together on college campuses, and laughing while we eat salads. You've seen us on billboards, in magazines, and on pretty much every political website. We are the people in stock photos.

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And whether you're a Tattooed Guitar Player, a Guy Wearing Hard Hat, or an Elderly Couple Sitting At Kitchen Table, there's no better way to show your support than by making a contribution today.

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It's great to see a politician keeping important stock photography jobs here in the U.S.A.! [Mother Jones]

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Al Franken is a cipher for the MPAA. When Chris Dodd says jump, Franken doesn't even wait to ask how high.

Examples: co-sponsor of PIPA who let out nary a peep when the Internet revolted and other politicians were scrambling to drop support. Example: Chris Dodd blames Google and Facebook for leading people astray on SOPA/PIPA, and Franken starts attacking them on anything and everything (try a google news search on "franken google"). The guy pretends advocacy for the Internet user, but fails miserably when the rubber hits the road.