Even as the company was pleading the federal government for another $40 billion dollars in loans, AIG sent top executives to a secret gathering at a luxury resort in Phoenix last week.
Reporters for abc15.com (KNXV) caught the AIG executives on hidden cameras poolside and leaving the spa at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, despite apparent efforts by the company to disguise its involvement.
“AIG made significant efforts to disguise the conference, making sure there were no AIG logos or signs anywhere on the property,” KNXV reported.
A hotel employee told KNXV reporter Josh Bernstein, “We can’t even say the word [AIG].”
A company spokesperson, Nick Ashooh, confirmed AIG instructed the hotel to make sure there were no AIG signs or mention of the company by staff.
“We’re trying to avoid confrontation, keep our profile low,” said Ashooh. “Some of our employees have been harassed.”
“What do they have to hide,” asked Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) who said he had been promised by AIG CEO Edward Liddy that the company would stop such “junkets.”
“They came to us and said they were drowning and needed help. A person who is drowning doesn’t jump up and start partying,” said Congressman Cummings.
Cummings said Liddy should resign as AIG CEO.
The AIG spokesman said Cummings “was mistaken” about the nature of the Phoenix event.
“It’s terrible,” said former AIG chairman Hank Greenberg. “I don’t think the left hand knows what the right hand is doing there.”
Of course Forrest surmised the real problem at AIG was bad PR thus his suggestion for this public service announcement for AIG: