The Obama campaign released an ad Wednesday featuring singer and tax-dodger Marc Anthony, targeted at Latino voters.
“We have jobs, the economy, education, immigration–President Obama is on our side on all of them,” Anthony says in the ad.
The singer will host a fundraiser for the president at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami Beach later this month.
Despite his support for Obama, Anthony has run afoul of the federal government in recent years.
In December 2010, the federal government filed a tax lien against the singer for $1.6 million, in addition to a $1.8 million lien filed by New York authorities–the back taxes totaled $3.4 million.
The singer has since settled the back taxes; terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
In 2007, Anthony was hit with a $2.5 million tax lien for failing to pay federal and state taxes on approximately $15.5 million income over a five years. A number of former business partners, including Anthony’s brother, were charged with felony tax charges–though Anthony was not.
Jennifer Lopez filed for divorce from Anthony in April.
Anthony has been a prominent public Obama supporter. The singer attended Obama’s inauguration with Lopez, and welcomed Obama to Puerto Rico last year at the airport during the president’s visit there, according to the Miami Herald.