Decades:
2007-present

Barely Political is an online video and entertainment website that creates politically themed satirical music viral videos and parodies. It was created in June 2007 by founders Ben Relles and Leah Kauffman and debuted its presence on the internet in the music video "I Got a Crush... on Obama", starring Amber Lee "Obama Girl" Ettinger. Barely Political has created numerous videos featuring many political aspects, including the military, news media, and also inviting some of the 2008 presidential candidates to be featured in a video, including former Senator Mike Gravel. It is distributed by YouTube Next Lab and Audience Development Group, a subsidiary of Google.

Barely Political's most popular videos have also been named one of 2007's 10 best videos by Newsweek, People Magazine, Associated Press and YouTube. "I Got a Crush... on Obama" was also nominated for a YouTube Award, and has been viewed over 20 million times on YouTube. In addition to the Obama Girl Video, BarelyPolitical has produced several other political themed videos.

In October 2007 Barely Political was bought by Next New Networks, for an unknown amount, which in turn was acquired by YouTube in spring 2011. Herb Scannell, co-founder and CEO of Next New Networks, stated, "With BarelyPolitical, we've added a team that can grow our reach to a very important audience — one that likes their politics with a healthy serving of humor — timed perfectly with the upcoming 2008 election season."