Creator of Orwellian Obama Ad Revealed

ORWELLIAN POLITICAL AD FOR OBAMA 

 MyWay News has published an Associated Press report stating:

The mystery creator of the Orwellian YouTube ad against Hillary Rodham Clinton is a Democratic operative who worked for a digital consulting firm with ties to rival Sen. Barack Obama.  Philip de Vellis, a strategist with Blue State Digital, acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that he was the creator of the video, which portrayed Clinton as a Big Brother figure and urged support for Obama’s presidential campaign.

De Vellis said he resigned from the firm on Wednesday after he learned that he was about to be unmasked by the HuffingtonPost.com., a liberal news and opinion Internet site.

Blue State designed Obama’s Web site and one of the firm’s founding members, Joe Rospars, took a leave from the company to work as Obama’s director of new media.

“It’s true … yeah, it’s me,” de Vellis said Wednesday evening.

He said he produced the ad outside of work and that neither Blue State nor the Obama campaign was aware of his role in the ad.

“But it raises some eyebrows, so I thought it best that I resign and not put them in that position.”

In a statement released Wednesday evening, the Obama campaign said:

“The Obama campaign and its employees had no knowledge and had nothing to do with the creation of the ad.  We were notified this evening by a vendor of ours, Blue State Digital, that an employee of the company had been involved in the making of this ad.  Blue State Digital has separated ties with this individual and we have been assured he did no work on our campaign’s account.”  Read more of this report here.

One Response to “Creator of Orwellian Obama Ad Revealed”

  1. Robin Says:

    Wow, the plot thickens. I doubt the campaign was involved, but who knows.

    The winner in all of this is UGC. It is going mainstream, and getting a lot of attention. There was the Doritos commercial during the Superbowl, and the Dove one during the Oscars (which Shelly Palmer, among others, panned on his blog.) But this one seems to have been received well, and perhaps made an impact.

    I imagine we’ll see more home-grown ads like this in the next few months.

    Robin


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