Politicians get interns from friends, relatives, donors and constituents, but there's one guy they don't want to get an intern from: Joe Francis.

The "Girls Gone Wild" founder is reportedly offering a four-week internship in the office of Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor as part of the prize package for the winner of "The Search for the Hottest Girl in America."

Francis says he purchased the internship at an online charity auction for a Los Angeles synagogue.

Pryor says he's asked the FBI to investigate who auctioned off the internship. His office believes someone was fraudulently impersonating the senator.

But what better way to impersonate a senator than to hook up with Joe Francis.

In other silly political news, White House gate crasher Tareq Salahi says he will run for governor of Virginia.

His plans to file as a Republican come days after another likely GOP candidate for governor, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, sued Salahi and his winery. The suit claims they cheated customers who bought winery tours.

No matter. Salahi's declaration of candidacy is meaningless until Jan. 1, as he can't declare for next year's election until next year.

Good deeds honored

Sean Penn gave an emotional speech Wednesday in support of Haiti as he accepted an award from a gathering of Nobel Peace Prize laureates for his humanitarian work in the earthquake-ravaged country.

"It's an overused phrase I know, but I trust you know it's genuine today: I am humbled. I'm trembling and I like it," Penn said after accepting the 2012 Peace Summit Award from former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who was joined on stage by the Dalai Lama and former Polish President Lech Walesa.

Penn urged the world community to invest in Haiti's future and President Michel Martelly, who took office in May 2011.

"We have a very short window to support this team of the Haitian people's choosing," Penn said.

Penn spends at least half his time in Haiti.

Folk-music legend Pete Seeger, 92, is receiving a "Distinguished Service" award and $1,000 from the American Academy of Arts and Letters on May 16.

Chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall was named Wednesday as grand marshal of the 2013 Tournament of Roses.


Britney Spears' fiance, Jason Trawick, has received a judge's approval to join her father as a co-conservator and help manage her personal affairs. You'd think he wouldn't want her to have affairs.

People magazine has named Beyonce as the World's Most Beautiful Woman for 2012. Yeah, she really came into her own this year.

Donald Trump has demanded in Parliament that Scotland end plans for an offshore wind farm he fears will spoil the view at his exclusive new golf resort.

"Scotland, if you pursue this policy of these monstrous turbines, Scotland will go broke," Trump told Scotland.

"They are ugly, they are noisy and they are dangerous," he added. "If Scotland does this, Scotland will be in serious trouble and will lose tourism to places like Ireland, and they are laughing at us."

If only Scotland could harness Trump's hot air to power the turbines. n

— Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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