The guy who created that “Hilary 1984” spot that’s been making the rounds over the last several days has been exposed by Arianna Huffington, and subsequently whacked by his employer, Blue State Digital, which has had technical dealings with the Obama campaign.
The renegade’s name is Philip de Vellis, and he’s saying in a statement on the Huffington Post that he’s proud of having created the attack ad, that he “wanted to show that an individual citizen can affect the process,” and that “this was not the first citizen ad, and it will not be the last…the game has changed.”
A statement by the managing director of Blue State Digital, which is under contract with the Obama Campaign “for technology pursuits including software development and hosting”, says that Vellis “received a call [this afternoon] from Arianna Huffington regarding the ‘1984’ video currently circulating online. Initially, de Vellis refused to respond to her requests. He has since acknowledged to Blue State Digital that he was the creator of the video. Pursuant to company policy, Mr. de Vellis has been terminated from Blue State Digital effective immediately.”
Blue State Digital “is not currently engaged in any relationship with the Obama Campaign for creative or non-technical services,” the statement went on. “Mr. de Vellis created this video on his own time. It was done without the knowledge of management, and was in no way tied to his work at the firm or our formal engagement [on technology pursuits] with the Obama campaign.”