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Antitax crusader Grover Norquist says he's going back to Burning Man — with a surprising guest


Grover Norquist is going back to Burning Man — and he said he's set to take Rep. Mark Sanford (R-South Carolina) with him this time.

Sanford — whose office did not return requests for comment Thursday and Friday — was briefly a national figure in 2009, when, as South Carolina's governor, he disappeared for multiple days (said he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail ), before admitting an extramarital affair and ultimately resigning.  On May 7, 2013, Sanford was once again elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 54.04% of the vote.

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Why he first went to Burning Man:

However, more Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and tech executives are increasingly attending the festival as well. Norquist said Burning Man's founders invited him three years ago while they were feuding with the Bureau of Land Management, which reportedly wants money for a VIP compound in the desert.

"They were in DC because the Bureau of Land Management was screwing with them. They were charging them $2 million; now it's $5 million. Because all the BLM staff like to go and hang out and pretend they're running it or protecting the ground or the desert or something," Norquist said. "The only thing living on the playa out there is some crustacean, some shrimp that when it rains sufficiently every three years there's a huge rain that lasts long enough for these things hydrate, have babies, and dry up again."

He loves Burning Man:

discussed his first Burning Man trip in a Guardian op-ed last year. The government-reform activist — who gets presidential candidates and vast swaths of Congress to sign his pledge to never raise taxes — praised the festival for its culture of self-reliance.

"Burning Man is greater than I had ever imagined," he wrote. "Some day, I want to live 52 weeks a year in a state or city that acts like this. I want to attend a national political convention that advocates the wisdom of Burning Man." 

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