By Jamie Klatell - 01/12/12 08:06 PM EST
The satirical news outlet ran a story about Norquist's trysts with government revenue that reads like reports of many recent Washington sex scandals:
In a scandal that strikes at the very heart of the American anti-tax movement, a series of incriminating photos surfaced online Thursday, revealing that, for decades, leading Republican power broker Grover Norquist has secretly engaged in a romantic affair with taxes.
Then, the Americans for Tax Reform president appears in a mock press conference.
"Over the past weeks, some very illicit, very scandalous images of myself carousing with taxes have surfaced," Norquist deadpans. "And while I at first tried to deny that I had ever had any romantic dalliances with taxes, I would like to take this opportunity to say that the photographs are, in fact, authentic."
Norquist goes into some detail about his revenue-generating liaisons.
"Over the last 28 years, I have carried on multiple affairs with numerous kinds taxes: income taxes, sales taxes and even state taxes," he says in The Onion's video.
"In 2004, I engaged in a weeklong, drug-fueled orgy with corporate income taxes, a decision I now whole-heartedly regret."
Norquist and the Americans for Tax Reform pledge against raising taxes became a contentious point in the congressional battle over balancing the federal budget and reducing the deficit.