Spoof: Anti-tax advocate Norquist 'carried on secret affair with taxes'

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. 

In November, several Republicans told The Hill they wanted to disavow the pledge, while Democrats charged that Republicans were acting “like puppets” of Norquist.