Presidential candidate and former United States Senator John Edwards was quoted on August 23, 2007 "The American people deserve to know that their presidency is not for sale. The Lincoln Bedroom is not for rent". As one of the "American people" I say the American People deserve to know that in this regard, the direction the Edward's campaign is trying to forge, does not appear to "Bair" out against his own actions.
Something just doesn't appear to check out. Forge Consulting, LLC has aggressively used a purported testimonial from Presidential candidate John Edwards (see March 9, 2007 post and John Edwards category to right of this page) on its web site and in written insurance solicitations (see link below). I have not seen another regulated financial product or company that has been marketed in this manner by HIlary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, or any other Presidential candidate. Presidential candidate John Edwards was LONG GONE from his practice as a trial lawyer by the time Forge Consulting was founded, which brings Forge Consulting or John Edwards, or both into question. Federal and State laws govern the use of testimonials by insurance agents and financial advisors, as do attorney standards of professional conduct
DESPITE BEING NOTICED IN MARCH 2007, JOHN EDWARDS HAS BEEN SILENT ON THE QUESTIONS ABOUT FORGE CONSULTING... WHICH, UPON INFORMATION AND BELIEF HAS HELPED RAISE OVER $100K FOR THE SENATOR. YOU GET MY DRIFT? TO WHAT EXTENT ARE FORGE CONSULTING's CAMPAIGN CONTIBUTIONS, AND FUNDRAISING, INFLUENCING, JOHN EDWARDS' ABILITY TO TELL AMERICAN VOTERS THE TRUTH? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? DID JOHN EDWARDS MAKE A TESTIMONIAL ABOUT A COMPANY WITHOUT EVER HAVING USED THE COMPANY HE WAS GIVING THE TESTIMONIAL ABOUT?
One thing that seems obvious is that some forces came to "Bair" on Forge Consulting, LLC and as of July 13, 2007 the testimonial page on the company website that contained John Edwards' "testimonial" has been "under construction". In my opinion the actions so far suggest that he did make the testimonial (without having used Forge). However, revelations about Forge concerning false advertising, and the DOJ declarations made by Forge Consulting principals Bair,Schell and Phillips are an embarassment to Edwards since his silence suggests that he really gave them his "highest recommendation".
Here's John Edwards' conundrum. If he disavows "the testimonial" he pisses off a fundraising source who could easily turn the tables on him. If he admits to "the testimonial" he is tied into the egregious behavior and demonstrates that he can be bought, thus making him vulnerable to attack from other candidates and could ultimately strike a fatal blow to his candidacy.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION and LINKS
John T. Bair, President of Forge Consulting, LLC solicitation to New York State Trial Lawyers
Forge Consulting, LLC website testimonial page prior to July 13, 2007
Forge Consulting, LLC website testimonial page since July 13, 2007
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