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Miami Beach mayoral candidate denies link to mystery campaign group


In Miami Beach, who’s behind mayoral candidate Michael Góngora’s campaign is a bit of a mystery.

A Nevada business with ties to Góngora has donated $17,400 to an election organization active on the Beach. There’s no telling where the Nevada business got the money.

The election organization, Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, has failed to file its finance reports,according to state records, further clouding who may be donating.

Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility has also failed to register with the city, as is required by state law.

Meanwhile, the organization has sent out mailers and run television ads attacking mayoral candidate Philip LevineEntertainer Steve Berke also is running for the mayor’s seat.

Góngora’s opponents say the Nevada corporation is a front to funnel campaign contributions to Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility, without having to reveal who the donors are. Góngora says that’s not true and he has no affiliation to the outside entities.

“Talk about a shell game and hiding the money,” said election lawyer J.C. Planas, who is working with the Levine campaign.

Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility is headed by Góngora’s former campaign consultant: Randy Hilliard. And the Nevada corporation — the “Women’s Leadership Conference” — counted Góngora’s mother among its registered agents, until recently.

More here.