Former President Donald Trump has remained involved in the political realm since leaving office, particularly by vowing to support primary challengers in races against incumbent Republicans who voted to impeach him.
One such example is Trump’s endorsement of former aide Max Miller, who is running for a seat in the House against U.S. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH) — and so far, the congressional hopeful appears to be reaping the fundraising rewards of that allyship.
Campaign donations from far and wide
According to Fox News, Miller has managed to raise more than $500,000 in campaign contributions over the course of just over a month.
Miller previously served as a staffer on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and went on to accept a position as deputy campaign manager for presidential operations within the Office of Presidential Personnel.
As for Gonzalez, the former NFL player was one of 10 House Republicans who sided with Democrats to support a second impeachment attempt against Trump in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Just weeks after announcing his primary bid to unseat the incumbent, Miller has collected donations from more than 2,500 donors representing every U.S. state.
Much of that haul likely stemmed from a fundraising event Trump held recently on his behalf.
“A wonderful person”
Shortly after Miller announced his intention to run for the seat representing Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, the former president publicly endorsed him.
“Max Miller is a wonderful person who did a great job at the White House and will be a fantastic Congressman,” Trump said at the time, according to the Washington Examiner. “He is a Marine Veteran, a son of Ohio, and a true PATRIOT.”
Trump also took the opportunity to slam Gonzalez, insisting that he “should not be representing the people of the 16th district because he does not represent their interest or their heart.”
In addition to the backing of the ex-president, Miller has received support from the conservative organization Club for Growth, which confirmed plans to bundle donations to his campaign and spend funds on his behalf through an affiliated super PAC during the primary campaign.
Last month, the organization commissioned a poll of GOP voters and found that Miller enjoyed a solid lead over the incumbent. The advantage grew larger when voters were reminded that Gonzalez voted to impeach Trump.