Mahlon Miller, owner of highline motorhome and fifth-wheel manufacturer Newmar Corp., is the largest individual contributor to candidates for governor of Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Miller has given $570,000 to Eric Miller, an attorney from suburban Indianapolis who is known for supporting conservative causes. He is not related to Newmar’s owner.
Two other individuals with RV industry ties made large contributions to Miller, a Republican. They are Robert Reese, former owner of Reese Products, now a unit of TriMas Corp.’s Cequent Transportation Accessories subsidiary, and Jim Shea, the founder of Gulf Stream Coach and Fairmont Homes, and who now is chairman emeritus of the companies.
Reese gave $33,100 and Shea contributed $30,000 to Eric Miller, who will face Mitch Daniels in the Republican primary on May 4, the Star reported.
Daniels has the backing of the Indiana Republican Party establishment.
Mahlon Miller’s son, Matt, told the Star his father contributed to Eric Miller’s campaign because of the candidate’s opposition to abortion and support for other conservative social positions.
Reese told the newspaper he contributed to Eric Miller’s campaign because of his interest in “helping the Christian family, the Christian schools, the home schools – all of that appeals to me.”
Mahlon Miller, a part-time Church of the Brethren preacher, has provided 63% of the campaign funds Eric Miller has available, the Star reported.
Matt Miller told the newspaper 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.