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Hmm. So Obama (Consultant's Employee) DID Make the "Big Sister" Ad

I got this over at Taegan Goddard, who quotes it from Huffington Post, which is evidently gettin' hit kinda hard cuz i can't get the page to open:

The Huffington Post: "We have learned the video was the work of Philip de Vellis, who was the Internet communications director for Sherrod Brown's 2006 Senate campaign, and who now works at Blue State Digital, a company created by members of Howard Dean's Internet Team."

Blue State Digital is the Internet consultant for Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, though de Vellis insists he made the ad on his own.

Is this another ShakesSis sort of thing, where if you sign on with a campaign you are not allowed to have a thought or take an action of your own? Lest it immediately be attributed to your (employer's in this case) candidate? He seems to have been sacked at any rate:

Ben Smith has a statement from the campaign: "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."

Blue State Digital also has a statement: "We wish Mr. de Vellis well in his future endeavors."

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

we've already learned what the rules are, fair or otherwise. he should've created the ad, and then given it to a friend wholly unconnected to any campaign sign it and post it. even then, he's risking his own career in politics doing this.

like it or not (and i don't) this seems to be the way it works. message control for national campaign is top down, and those who step outside the cone of approved discourse will be canned. hence, why people like us won't ever work for a campaign.