Barack Obama: U.S. presidential election, 2008/Anti-Hillary viral web (political) video

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"The creator of a widely circulated viral web video portraying Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton as an Orwellian Big Brother was identified Wednesday [March 21, 2007,] as an employee of an Internet consulting firm that works for one of her opponents, Sen. Barack Obama, Mike Dorning reported in the Chicago Tribune.[1] "The Obama campaign denied any involvement in the ad and the consulting firm said it fired the employee immediately after the company learned of his role."

"Phillip de Vellis, a strategist with the Washington-based consulting firm Blue State Digital ["a company created by members of Howard Dean's Internet Team"],[2] which hosts the Obama campaign web site, acknowledged he was the creator of the ad shortly after his role was disclosed[2] by, a liberal-leaning news and opinion web site," Dorning wrote.[1]

"DeVellis 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."[3]

"The video had been posted [March 5, 2007,] on YouTube anonymously under the name 'parkridge47,' an apparent reference to Clinton's home town of Park Ridge, Ill., and her birth year of 1947," Dorning wrote.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mike Dorning, "Worker from firm with ties to Obama created controversial web ad," Chicago Tribune, March 21, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Arianna Huffington, "Who Created 'Hillary 1984'? Mystery Solved!" The Huffington Post, March 21, 2007.
  3. "Clinton YouTube ad creator had Obama link," The Seattle Times, March 22, 2007.

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