Mahlon Miller, owner of highline motorhome and fifth-wheel manufacturer Newmar Corp., has given an additional $200,000 to a candidate for the Republican nomination for governor of Indiana, the Indianapolis Star reports.
The latest contribution raises to $770,000 the amount Mahlon Miller had given to Eric Miller, an attorney from suburban Indianapolis who is known for supporting conservative causes.
The two Millers are not related.
Indiana’s primary election will be on Tuesday (May 4), and in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, Eric Miller faces Mitch Daniels, who has the support of the Indiana Republican Party establishment.
Even before giving the $200,000, Mahlon Miller was the largest individual contributor to any candidate in this year’s Indiana primary.
The extra money will be used to buy TV and radio ads, said Matt Steward, Eric Miller’s campaign manager.
Mahlon Miller’s son, Matt, told the Star earlier that his father contributed to Eric Miller’s campaign because of the candidate’s opposition to abortion and support for other conservative social positions.
Mahlon Miller is a part-time Church of the Brethren preacher and his son told the Star that his father “is a man of God” who does not expect anything in return from Eric Miller, if the candidate is elected.
In addition to cash, Newmar has given Eric Miller a $300,000 diesel pusher for use during his campaign.