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Anti-Cuban Embargo Movement Picks Up Steam in U.S.

Big Businesses Backing Efforts to End U.S. Embargo on Cuba

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    A U.S. and Cuban flag hang from the same balcony in Old Havana, Cuba, Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. After the surprise announcement on Wednesday of the restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the U.S., many Cubans expressed hope that it will mean greater access to jobs and the comforts taken for granted elsewhere, and lift their struggling economy. However others feared a cultural onslaught, or that crime and drugs, both rare in Cuba, will become common along with visitors from the United States. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Big businesses are putting their muscle into new Washington lobbying efforts to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba as the two countries press ahead to re-establish diplomatic relations.

    James Williams says Engage Cuba, the new bi-partisan lobbying group he heads, is launching operations this month with the backing of more than a dozen Fortune 500 firms ranging from hotel companies to agricultural businesses.

    A political action committee called New Cuba PAC holds its first fundraiser Monday evening in the Miami home of attorney Scott Gilbert who represented former U.S. government contractor Alan Gross.

    Gross was held on espionage charges in Havana for five years before being released in December.

    Williams said Monday that Gross will speak at the fundraiser, which New Cuba hopes will raise more than $50,000.
     

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