Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is getting a little help from 2012's Republican nominee.

McMullin's campaign on Monday sent out a fundraising pitch using an email list purchased from Mitt Romney, a spokesman confirmed to the Washington Examiner.

"We are very grateful to Mitt Romney," said McMullin spokesman Rick Wilson.

McMullin, a former CIA officer and policy director for the House Republican Conference who began his campaign in August, has painted himself as a conservative alternative to Republican nominee Donald Trump.

"Over the past year, so many Americans, including myself, have watched with great disappointment as many Republican leaders have compromised and ultimately abandoned their most precious beliefs and principles in support of Donald Trump," McMullin writes in the fundraising email, where he asks for donations of $5, $15, or whatever other amount supporters can send.

The only mention of Romney's name appears at the very bottom of the email, under McMullin's signature, where it says "Romney for President Inc."

Both McMullin and Romney seem to have a common enemy in Trump, as Romney has spent much of the 2016 campaign criticizing Trump as a "phony" and a "fraud." He has yet to endorse a candidate, though he did say he would vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the Utah caucus.

Wilson would not confirm the email list purchase amounts to an endorsement, saying only, "We'll leave it to others to speculate what this means."

He added, "It would be tremendous" if Romney did endorse McMullin.

Romney's email list has been purchased by political groups in the past, including the Right to Rise PAC, a super PAC supporting former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in March of 2015 before he announced his campaign.

A Romney spokesman at the time told the Daily Caller that the list is "available to rent to anyone, not just Jeb."

A request for comment from a Romney spokesman was not immediately answered.