RNC 2016: Florida speaker’s business in question

Michelle Van Etten delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention on July 20, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Michelle Van Etten delivers a speech on the third day of the Republican National Convention. (Getty Images)

Michelle Van Etten of Brandon held the spotlight for a few minutes as she spoke at the Republican National Convention.

But as she spoke on stage, people on social media were talking about reports her business was not as large as billed by the Republican Party and that her business may be a pyramid scheme.

While her bio on the Republican National Convention website says she employs 100,000 people, Van Etten told The Guardian that is incorrect — and that she actually has no employees.

Van Etten said she is an independent retailer for Youngevity, a company that sells supplements and is endorsed by radio host Alex Jones.

Van Etten told The Guardian she sells the company’s womenswear line and her income is under $1 million annually.

Youngevity has come under fire for its structure of independent retailers who recruit more sellers to buy into the company.

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