Jeb Bush donor Mike Fernandez backs PAC promoting Cuba ties

US_Flag_Cuba_Flag_US-Cuba_Flags_Thinkstock_650x4871[1]Billionaire Mike Fernandez — one of Jeb Bush‘s biggest financial backers — has maxed out to a political action committee organized to support federal candidates who favor ending the Cuban embargo.

His contribution helped New Cuba PAC raise nearly $350,000 in seven months – an amount the group said is its “biggest fundraising milestone yet.”

Contributors who gave the maximum $5,000 include Fernandez, Carlos Gutierrez, Pat Riley (Miami Heat), Manny Medina, Joe Arriola and Paul Cejas.

“Today’s announcement is further proof that Americans from across the political and economic spectrum are continuing to unite in their support for normalizing U.S.-Cuba relations. As we enter 2016, we will do all that we can to support candidates and elected officials working towards ending the embargo, which will ultimately benefit both U.S. citizens and the Cuban people,” said PAC official James Williams.

Fernandez has supported the diplomatic reset with Cuba. Bush is vehemently opposed to the thaw.

–ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times

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