The campaign of Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) is employing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s donation to his Republican opponent in his own fundraising appeal. 

In a fundraising e-mail to supporters Tuesday penned by Perriello finance director Anna Scholl, the campaign noted the $3,500 donation to state Sen. Robert Hurt’s (R) campaign by Palin’s political action committee, SarahPAC.

“Will you give $10 to stand up to Sarah Palin?” the e-mail asks.

“Palin knows that she can count on Sen. Hurt to support her radical right-wing agenda,” Scholl wrote. “Robert Hurt knows that he needs national Republican celebrities like Sarah Palin to raise money for him.”

The thinking is that Palin’s involvement will fire up the Democratic base in the district, which national Republicans have targeted as a top pick-up opportunity this fall.

Perriello had a strong fundraising quarter, hauling in some $660,000. Hurt has yet to release his fundraising total for the quarter.