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10/30/2012 10:31 pm ET Updated Nov 01, 2012

Grover Norquist Opponents Look To Exploit Sandy In Virginia [UPDATE]

UPDATE: Nov. 1 -- A spokesman for Americans for Tax Reform told BuzzFeed Tuesday night that the image is actually of a September mailer and is now being taken out of context.

“[T]he photo you have is of a photocopy of a piece of mail we sent out in September," he said. "Someone is either trying to be cute or deliberately trying to mislead.”

ATR spokesman John Kartch confirmed to HuffPost and the Houston Chronicle that the flyer was sent out in September, long before the storm.

“I think someone is trying to mislead you," Kartch said. "We’re circulating no such flyer. ATR sent out a mail piece opposing President Obama’s policies using a storm analogy way back in September. Sounds like someone is being dishonest.”

The headline to this story has been changed to reflect this information.

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An anti-Obama flier invoking Hurricane Sandy was reportedly distributed by conservative activist Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday.

The advertisement, which appeared on northern Virginia doorsteps starting Tuesday, features a photo of President Obama superimposed over a storm image.

"We've seen storms in Virginia, but none like this ..." reads the flier. "Barack Obama's policies have added $4 billion in debt each day he's been in office. Americans can't afford this debt."

An image of the flier posted on BuzzFeed clearly shows the logo for Americans For Tax Reform, Norquist's group. Norquist is a vocal critic of the president.

Virginia was largely spared from Hurricane Sandy's destructive path Monday. However, tens of thousands of Virginians remained without power Tuesday after the storm passed through the mid-Atlantic, and some of the state saw at least a foot of snow. The storm was responsible for at least 48 deaths along the East Coast.

With just a week left until the presidential election, Virginia remains a critical swing state. HuffPost Pollster's latest poll averages show Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney locked in a dead heat.

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