Republican Georgia Senate candidate and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker just can’t keep his name out of the press—and it’s never for anything good. Just a day ago, Daily Kos reported on Walker’s latest blunder: lying to his own campaign aides about three children he’d apparently been keeping a secret.
Today, CNN exclusively reports that Walker was at one time a “partner” and “spokesman” for a subsidiary of Just Energy, a company that’s been investigated by states’ attorneys general and utility agencies amid years of deceptive practices.
In 2012, Walker’s company, 34 Technologies, partnered with Momentis, a multi-level marketing branch of Just Energy, to sell online marketing services.
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Just Energy, which also does business under the name U.S. Energy Savings, has been forced to settle multiple cases of complaints across the nation for bad practices that include luring customers into long-term contracts with promises of savings—and often targeting the elderly and people with language barriers, CNN reports.
“We allege this competitive supplier engaged in widespread and misleading conduct that lured consumers into costly contracts in the form of high electricity rates and termination fees,” Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said in 2015 after Just Energy was forced to pay $4 million back to overcharged customers. “As residents in Massachusetts face rising electricity bills this winter, our office will continue to protect consumers from deceptive sales practices.”
In a video hosted on the Momentis website, Walker is prominently featured hawking the product M-Marketing Systems, sold through Momentis and described on the site as a platform with a litany of offerings, from website design to social media integration to lead generation.
In March 2021, Just Energy filed for bankruptcy after the energy disaster in Texas left millions without power; the company was saddled with huge losses. In March 2014, Just Energy sold its Momentis assets and broke ties with the company, a spokesman told CNN.
As we’ve reported at Daily Kos numerous times, Walker’s lies are ubiquitous. He’s lied about everything from graduating from the University of Georgia, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, to mammoth exaggerations about his business acumen, to the tall tale about the time he founded (or co-founded) the organization Patriot Support—which he did not. He even recently tried to deny that former President Donald Trump ever said that the 2020 election was stolen.