Republicans target Beyonce and Jay-Z's Cuba visit
Musical power couple Beyonce and Jay-Z are in the Republican crosshairs today after celebrating their fifth wedding annivesary with a trip last week to embargoed Cuba.
Two Republican members of Congress are demanding that the U.S. treasury department investigate whether the couple broke U.S. law in making the journey.
"Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple's trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in it's propaganda," South Florida Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart wrote in an open letter to the U.S. Treasury Department.
Beyonce and Jay-Z, famously, support President Barack Obama with money and not just mouths. Last September, you may remember, the couple hosted a $40,000-a-head reception/fundraiser for Obama at Manhattan's 40/40 Club, steering an estimated $4 million into the president's 2012 re-election campaign.
Penalties for U.S. citizens visiting Cuba without permission include fines of up to $250,000 and jail time. But it is rarely, if ever, enforced, despite the thousands of Americans who visit Cuba via Canada and other countries in defiance of the decades-old ban.
Mitch Potter is the Star's Washington Bureau Chief, his third foreign posting after previous assignments to London and Jerusalem. Potter led the Toronto Star’s coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he won a 2006 National Newspaper Award for his reportage. His dispatches include datelines from 33 countries since 2000. Follow him on Twitter: @MPwrites