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RNC raises $1 million from George H.W. Bush's striped socks

RNC raises $1 million from George H.W. Bush's striped socks

George H.W. Bush has been out of the White House for more than 20 years, but he can still provide a major boost to Republicans. Or at least his colorful socks can.

The Republican National Committee told CNN that it has raised $1 million thanks to a set of socks with orange, yellow, green, and blue stripes — which also bear Bush 41's embroidered signature, plus a Republican elephant logo.

The RNC has been selling the socks since April, in exchange for a minimum contribution of $35, in a campaign that involved both e-mail blasts to their supporters and some entertaining tweets.

As the elder Bush said in one of the RNC's fundraising e-mails: "I'm a self-proclaimed sock man. The louder, the brighter, the crazier the pattern — the better."