Hilary Clinton-bashing spoof '1984' ads made headlines on appearance on YouTube recently – but now their creator has been sacked, reports claim.

The spoof took Apple's iconic '1984' ad and replaced the menacing Big Brother image with that of Senator Clinton. It instead recommended Democratic hopeful Barack Obama for the President's chair.

It's all part of the furore surrounding the US Presidential elections, as US voters attempt to ascertain who might best provide political leadership following the end of the Bush administration.

Now it appears the creator of the video has been identified as Phil de Vellis, who worked for a firm connected with the Obama campaign, Blue State Digital. He worked alone on the project, but resigned as soon as he learned he was about to be named.

"This ad was not the first citizen ad, and it will not be the last,'' he wrote. "The game has changed.''