[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/09/art.gopemail.cnn.jpg caption="Bush in the Oval Office image from Web site linked to by fundraising appeal Wednesday."]
(CNN) - President Bush’s name has appeared in plenty of fundraising appeals this campaign cycle – most of them sent by Democrats eager to capitalize on his chronically low job approval ratings. On Wednesday, the current White House occupant signed onto a message on behalf of the man who would replace him - presumptive GOP nominee John McCain - and his embattled fellow Republicans in Congress.
“Dear Friend, As a dedicated Republican grassroots leader, will you work with me to see to it that we keep the White House and retake the U.S. House and Senate?” reads a fundraising e-mail which is written in the first person but co-signed by both Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan and “George W. Bush.”
“…Your generous donation to the RNC is the single most important contribution you can make to ensure we maintain the White House and regain our majorities in the U.S. Congress,” reads the message, in which the president says he is "optimistic" about GOP chances this year. “Friend, I am looking forward to the campaign ahead. I am excited about taking our message to the American people. With your help and hard work, there is no doubt in my mind that we will win.”
The president’s title may not make it into the body of the fundraising appeal, but a slightly dated campaign artifact does make an appearance: the link next Duncan’s name – which directs supporters to a GOP fundraising site featuring a photo of Bush in the Oval Office – is GOP.com/StopHillary.