A “Winner”? Is Obama’s Strategist behind Palin smears with campaign money?(UPDATED)

I have been eagerly awaiting this piece of good investigation done by a fellow blogger and expert at digging out terrorists on the web…..this time he is digging in Obama’s direction.

The Jawa Report has done a great job recently in tracking down some “astroturfing” of Sarah Palin that may be linked to the Obama campaign media strategist, David Axelrod….but the work does not seem to be registered with the FEC.

If only the MSM could do this kind of work…..Kudos to the Jawa Report….I can’t wait to see where this leads.

My opinion is that this is likely the tip of the iceberg in the shady Obama campaign, but most of the shady tactics of the Obama campaign may never come to light.

A summary of what was found from The Jawa Report is below…but read the whole thing here.  (It is imperative to read the entire piece to understand what may have gone on with the Obama campaign.)

Our research suggests that a subdivision of one of the largest public relations firms in the world most likely started and promulgated rumors about Sarah Palin that were known to be false. These rumors were spread in a surreptitious manner to avoid exposure.

It is also likely that the PR firm was paid by outside sources to run the smear campaign. While not conclusive, evidence suggests a link to the Barack Obama campaign. Namely:

  • Evidence suggests that a YouTube video with false claims about Palin was uploaded and promoted by members of a professional PR firm.
  • The family that runs the PR firm has extensive ties to the Democratic Party, the netroots, and are staunch Obama supporters.
  • Evidence suggests that the firm engaged in a concerted effort to distribute the video in such a way that it would appear to have gone viral on its own. Yet this effort took place on company time.
  • Evidence suggests that these distribution efforts included actions by at least one employee of the firm who is unconnected with the family running the company.
  • The voice-over artist used in this supposedly amateur video is a professional.
  • This same voice-over artist has worked extensively with David Axelrod’s firm, which has a history of engaging in phony grassroots efforts, otherwise known as “astroturfing.”
  • David Axelrod is Barack Obama’s chief media strategist.
  • The same voice-over artist has worked directly for the Barack Obama campaign.

This suggests that false rumors and outright lies about Sarah Palin and John McCain being spread on the internet are being orchestrated by political partisans and are not an organic grassroots phenomenon led by the left wing fringe. Our findings follow.

Please be sure and read the updates on that post periodically.  I first read the piece last night and within hours, the suspected YouTube and other accounts where disappearing….nothing says “guilty” like getting rid of the evidence!

From Jawa:

[UPDATE: Within 1 hour of posting, “eswinner” has removed all videos from YouTube and began removing any traces of his activities. But we have the video and all relevant websites backed up.

[UPDATE: The “gocamerica” account was deleted within 2 hours of publication. Confirmed: gocamerica = Ethan Winner sockpuppet. But we backed up “gocamerica’s” YouTube page. Will provide backup in the morning]

[Update: Within 2 hours of initial post, “grpcncrndamrcns” deleted video as well. Confirmed, these accounts are all sockpuppets.]

[Update: Readers tell me that there are programs to download YouTube videos without the watermark. Noted. However, we think that given the fact that these videos have already been yanked from YouTube, that this is strong evidence that ll accounts mentioned are fronts for “eswinner” who we now strongly believe –even more strongly than before — is Publicis employee Ethan Winner]

UPDATE: Within an hour of this post going up, YouTube videos implicating Ethan Winner were yanked, sockpuppet accounts deleted, and more importantly, the Wikipedia entry on David Axelrod began to edit out mentions of his well know astroturfing campaigns. Hmmm, it sounds to me like we’re on to something.

Of course, this type of thing also makes me wonder if Obama is tied to the “hacking” of Sarah Palin’s e-mail account….David Kernell, son of liberal Tennessee representative, has been served a search warrant in the case…. all roads lead to him.  Wonder when the MSM will feature this on the news…you can bet if a Republican representative’s son was suspected to be hacking Obama’s e-mail, it would be 24/7 news for a week….

Isn’t this exactly what mob thugs and Chicago politicans do…..remove themselves about 4 to 8 places from the questionable activities so they can feign ignorance about the crime?

All of this brought to you by the Obama campaign…the most ethical ever! LMAO!

UDPATE 9/22/08:  RedState.com has a great piece on “Who is David Axelrod?”…pretty much tells you what you need to know about how much Obama depends on him and the tactics of Axelrod.

UPDATE 9/22/08: Great analysis and point by Ace of Spades.


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