On March 10, Herbalife commented on a New York Times report—”After Big Bet, Hedge Fund Pulls the Levers of Power” by Michael S. Schmidt, Eric Lipton and Alexandra Stevenson—about Bill Ackman of Pershing Square: “For the past 15 months, Bill Ackman has executed an unfounded, relentless and fraudulent public attack on Herbalife’s business model, blasting Herbalife to any media outlet or hedge fund audience willing to listen.
As The New York Times reports, Ackman has, out of desperation, shifted his focus from Wall Street to Washington and key states across the country. Ackman’s unprecedented campaign to destroy Herbalife has now been exposed for what it is: a cynical, self-serving attempt to manipulate the market by buying his way into an investigation to cover his own reckless $1 billion dollar bet. There has never been merit to his accusations. Now we know how he has been orchestrating the appearance of outrage and concern. There should be no question any longer about Ackman’s motives, his techniques and his goals.”