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Miami-Dade state attorney investigating Miami Commissioner Wifredo Gort

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office is investigating claims that Miami City Commissioner Wifredo “Willy” Gort failed to report campaign contributions from an advertising company, the commissioner said Friday.

The probe stems from allegations that Gort received more bus-bench ads from a company called Fuel Outdoor than his campaign paid for or reported, he said.

Gort said he didn’t believe the accusations to be true, but that he couldn’t be positive.

“The thing is, I don’t do the contracts,” Gort said. “Other people on the campaign handle the contracts.”

A representative of Fuel Outdoor could not be reached for comment late Friday.

Gort said he met with investigators about three months ago and provided the records they requested. “I want them to take the time and check the documents,” he said.

Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the state attorney’s office, declined to comment.

Gort, a banker who represents the Allapattah and Flagami neighborhoods, was elected to the City Commission in a special election in 2010. He was reelected to the seat the following year.

He wasn’t sure which election the probe is targeting.

Illegal campaign contributions typically result in civil fines, though under state law, they can also result in criminal penalties.

Gort is no political novice. He also served three terms on the Miami Commission from 1993 to 2003, and ran a failed campaign for mayor in 2002.

The investigation into his campaign finances was first reported on a Miami blog, The Crespogram Report.

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