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Report: Sen. Coggs used office staff for Lt. Gov. campaign

State Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milw.) | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Report: Sen. Coggs used office staff for Lt. Gov. campaign

By Jay Sorgi & Matt Montgomery. CREATED Feb 1, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 1, 2012

MILWAUKEE - The Government Accountability Board has confirmed that a complaint has been filed with their office against a Democratic state senator from Milwaukee and his current executive assistant.

Spokesman Reid Magney told TODAY'S TMJ4's Lacey Crisp that the complaint was filed to their office against state Senator Spencer Coggs and legislative executive assistant Enis Ragland.

Wispolitics.com reported that the complaint, filed by former Coggs staffer Jana Williams, charges Coggs with hiring England mainly to work on a campaign for lieutenant governor, and that other office workers help him with family matters and his wife's business.

Magney would not confirm the nature of the complaint, citing confidentiality rules.

Coggs' campaign spokesman says the complaint was filed shortly after Jana Williams was laid off when Republicans took the majority in the state legislature.  "They will find that there's no merit to these, that they are patently ridiculous," said campaign spokesman Zak Williams.  "The campaign had someone in Milwaukee design the website.  We paid for the site through the campaign."

Allegations continue to say Coggs had staff run errands for his wife's company, but his campaign spokesman denies those allegations.