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Is the Obama Campaign Behind Anti-Palin Online Smears?

4:18 PM, Sep 22, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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At The Jawa Report blog Rusty Shackleford reports that a professional PR firm appears to be spreading false attacks against Sarah Palin on the Internet.

A YouTube video that appears to have been produced by the PR firm Winner & Associates falsely claims Sarah Palin is a member of the Alaskan Independence Party. Shackleford has evidence that Jared Liu-Klein, an Associate at Winner & Associates, posted this video on website DemocraticUnderground.com more than a week after reports of Sarah Palin's membership in the party had been debunked.

I just spoke with Liu-Klein on the phone and asked him about the matter, but he said that he would have to get back to me later. I gave him my email address and asked if he could give me a simple yes or no answer if he had ever posted a video on the Internet about Sarah Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party. Liu-Klein replied: "I'll have to get back to you as soon as I can." Then he hung up the phone. I'll post Liu-Klein's response if and when I get it.

As Shackleford notes, "the million dollar question is who, if any one, paid Winner & Associates to produce this ad?" Schackleford observes that the voice used in official Obama-Biden ads as well as ads produced by chief Obama strategist David Axelrod's company sounds like it was also used in the anti-Palin Alaskan Independence ad.

Here is a YouTube video comparing the Alaskan Independence ad with an official Obama-Biden ad:

The voice in both ads sounds quite similar, but it's certainly possible that Winner & Associates could have hired a narrator who had done work for Axelrod's company and the Obama-Biden campaign. Whatever the case, it appears that Winner & Associates--a professional PR firm with extensive connections to the Democratic party--is behind false attacks on Sarah Palin.