POLITICS

Senator Raised Over $17,000 In Campaign Money From Ex-Boyfriends

Amy Klobuchar says she has the "all-time Senate record" for raising money from exes.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) made a convincing case for staying amicable with ex-boyfriends in a HuffPost Live conversation on Thursday. 

The senator recalled the early days of her campaign when she was  "calling people nationally" with little success. Frustrated, she turned to "old rolodexes and address books," contacting "every single person" she knew. And there were apparently no exceptions, as Klobuchar boasted that she has set an "all-time Senate record" for raising the most amount of money from exes.

"No one's beaten it yet: I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends," she said. "And as my husband has pointed out, it's not an expanding base."

That wasn't her only unconventional fundraising method.

"When I was first running, 'West Wing' was running, and it was so popular, " she recounted. "I knew if I called before it -- or even during it -- or after it, and someone answered, they would actually be more willing to give money, because they realized they were relishing in this pretend democracy, and I was trying to make it in a real one."

Klobuchar's book, The Senator Next Door, is in stores now.

Watch more from Amy Klobuchar's conversation with HuffPost Live here.

Sign up here for Live Today, HuffPost Live's new morning email that will let you know the newsmakers, celebrities and politicians joining us that day and give you the best clips from the day before!

Also on HuffPost:

PHOTO GALLERY
Historic Images Of Women Voting
CONVERSATIONS