This happened soon after Donald Trump, represented by Cohen, became U.S. president.
Special counsel Robert Mueller had asked Ford for the details of that overture and rejection. Because of that, the facts may remain confidential for a while - or forever. Here is the media coverage.
But what we do know is the Ojakli has become a hero in very corrupt times.
Nothing wrong with the influence game. After all, it's about survival. If the infant couldn't influence his or her parents to do tedious caretaking, there would soon be death. A vulnerable look or a cute smile enhances the nurturing.
Influence becomes wrong when its tactics cross ethical and legal boundaries. Some suspect that when positioned and packaged by a lawyer such as Cohen the probability is high those boundaries become all too permeable.
AT&T, which accepted the pitch, has suffered a reputational meltdown. Its top lobbying executive has resigned. The fallout might not be over.
Okakli saved his company from that.
Dancing near the rim of corruption could bite their employers or clients in the brand.
In addition, it could limit in the long term the corporations' ability to get things done through government.
Reflection: There is the old saying in Manhattan that things are under control when the rats stay in the basement and don't come up and eat with the diners in the restaurant. The recent exposes about Cohen's fixing might be what it takes to bring the influence game back under control.
Contact Jane Genova email@example.com.