In our previous post about a suburban Atlanta home using 400,000 gallons of water per month in the midst of a severe drought, we speculated that the guy living there was probably one of those folks with a massive SUV and a Bush/Cheney sticker plastered on the bumper.
Well, it appears to be true. According to the original CNN story, the water hogging owner of the mansion is a fellow named Chris George Carlos. A search on opensecrets.org, which tracks public records of political contributions, reveals a Chris G. Carlos in the same zip code as the mansion's address (30067) who made the maximum contribution of $2000 to George W. Bush's campaign in 2003. He also contributed $500 to conservative Florida congressman Gus Bilirakis (who might consider this a bit of an embarassment since Florida and Georgia are now fighting over who gets what from the dwindling Lake Lanier reservoir north of Atlanta).
A Chris G. Carlos with Riverside Investments in the next zip code--likely an office address--has also made a number of contributions to Mike Bilirakis--the father of Gus, who held the same Florida seat for many years--and to W. Bush's 2000 campaign. And, an Irene Carlos from the same zip code also gave the maximum to Bush's 2004 campaign.