RNC Raising Funds for Midterm Elections With Bush '41' Socks

Monday, 25 Aug 2014 02:35 PM

By Andrea Billups

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Quick. How can you spot a GOP donor?

Why, look for a dude wearing a pair of neon-hued George H.W. Bush socks.

The former president is offering up his trademark colorful socks for the Republican National Committee as part of a fundraising strategy to benefit House and Senate races.

The exclusive design, a limited edition pair featuring orange, yellow, blue, and green stripes, is offered to those who donate $35 to the RNC, GOP.com notes. The socks come with an embroidered elephant and are signed by "41" himself.

For a limited time, the RNC notes in its promotion, a donor will match the sock-project contributions dollar for dollar as the GOP ramps up its efforts to hold the House and take over the Senate during 2014 midterm elections in November.

Bush has used his socks to help raise money in the past, netting $535 for the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce to fund scholarships and assistance funds, the Huffington Post reported. Those socks, auctioned off during the 2013 Christmas holidays, featured a "zany" face of Bush on a red background.

He wore them during an event for the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, which honored him, the Post noted.

He also had previously donated a pair of cactus-themed socks to an auction sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland, Maine, according to the Associated Press. They were used to support the diocese's Harvest magazine.

While his wife, Barbara Bush, has dismissed his colorful apparel choices, the cactus socks drew at least one admirer from the presidential ranks — Bill Clinton. He took to Twitter to give Bush "41" a shout-out last September.

"Envious of 'western-cactus'-themed socks," Clinton noted, hash-tagging his post with a cute hint — "#sockswag."

Bush, who turned 90 in June, has been enjoying his retirement and is the subject of a new book penned by his presidential son, George W. Bush, set for release in November, the Economist reported.

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