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Clerical error turns into political issue for Intake Studio, Sullivan Higdon & Sink and Pratt & Whitney

WICHITA — While Pratt & Whitney no doubt enjoys its status as the sole engine source for the currently airborne Lockheed Martin F-35s, the company says it's not behind a video opposing a second source for the fighter jets.

That's even though the video for a time identified Pratt & Whitney as its backer.

Here's what happened:

Connecticut-based Pratt & Whitney is a client of Wichita-based Sullivan Higdon & Sink.

Washington-based Citizens Against Government Waste also is an SHS client.

SHS created unrelated videos for each client around the same time with motion graphic help from Wichita's Intake Studio.

"In their self-promotion efforts, they uploaded these videos," says SHS vice president Lathi de Silva.

Intake put the videos on YouTube.

De Silva says Pratt & Whitney was erroneously credited with producing the Citizens Against Government Waste video, which opposes GE receiving funding to make a rival engine.