During the debate on Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said it was “total propaganda” that he had a relationship with supplement company Mannatech Inc. The company settled a $7 million false advertising lawsuit regarding the company’s claims that its products cure autism and cancer.

Armstrong Williams, Carson’s business manager, acknowledged that Carson did have a contract with Mannatech Inc.

“Nothing is ever what it appears to be,” he said. “What is good about this is that I actually negotiated the contract as his business manager.”

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced