- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Democratic Party activist has taken credit for producing an online video that portrays Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York as a totalitarian “Big Brother” figure.

Phil de Vellis said he made the video “because I wanted to express my feelings about the Democratic primary, and because I wanted to show that an individual citizen can affect the process.”

In a column at the liberal HuffingtonPost.com site, Mr. de Vellis said he had resigned from his job with the political communications firm Blue State Digital, which provides services to several Democratic campaigns, including that of Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential rival, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. A spokesman for Blue State Digital told the Associated Press that Mr. de Vellis had been fired.

The 74-second video was based on a famous Apple computer advertisement that was in turn inspired by George Orwell’s novel “1984.” It featured clips excerpted from Mrs. Clinton’s own campaign videos talking about her desire to have a “conversation” with Americans.

There had been widespread press speculation about the authorship of the video, which was originally credited to “ParkRidge47” — Mrs. Clinton was born in Park Ridge, Ill., in 1947 — and concludes with an apparent endorsement of Mr. Obama. Some bloggers had suggested that Republicans produced the video, but Mr. de Vellis yesterday described himself as “a proud Democrat” and an Obama supporter.

“The specific point of the ad was that Obama represents a new kind of politics, and that Senator Clinton’s ‘conversation’ is disingenuous,” said Mr. de Vellis, explaining that he had “made the ad on a Sunday afternoon in my apartment” before uploading it to YouTube.com and sending it to various political blogs.

The Obama campaign has denied any knowledge of the video’s origins.

Mr. de Vellis, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., worked as a volunteer coordinator on former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 Democratic presidential primary campaign and, according to Federal Election Commission records, worked for the Ohio Democratic Party in the fall 2004 campaign.

An associate of liberal “blogfather” Jerome Armstrong, Mr. de Vellis served as Internet communications coordinator for the successful 2006 election campaign of Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Democrat.

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