Arianna reports that Philip de Vellis of Blue State Digital created the spot; Blue State works for Obama. A woman who answered the company’s phone confirmed he works there.
But maybe not for long. Also from Smith:
From Obama aide Bill Burton: “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.”
Bonus fun fact: Blue State Digital was founded by Dean-o’s Internet team, according to Arianna.
I don’t really care about any of this, except that it’ll be fun watching the most conspicuously nice guy in the race explain his association with the nastiest ad of the campaign thus far.
Which, incidentally, I still think was stupid.
Update: De Vellis resigned when he heard Arianna was about to out him.
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.”
Update: Goooood question: “Clearly, enough people knew; Arianna Huffington found out about it. How?”
Update: A nice catch by Sound Politics: it seems De Vellis is a tried and true Wal-Mart hater. Follow the link to see why that might be relevant.
Update: That was fast. The man knows his way around techno-political truisms, I’ll grant him that.