Coggs Accused of Misusing Taxpayer Dollars

2/2/12 – A legislative aide who was fired by state Senator Spencer Coggs now says her former boss made his staff illegally do campaign work on state time, and help with his wife’s business. Jana Williams filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board. According to Wis-Politics-Dot-Com, Williams said Coggs – a Milwaukee Democrat – had one tax-funded staffer work largely on Coggs’ unsuccessful campaign for lieutenant governor in 2010. But Coggs denied the allegations to Wis-Politics. And his campaign manager at the time, Zak Williams, said none of

his Senate aides could possibly have worked on the lieutenant governor race. That’s because they didn’t have the password for the campaign’s Web site. Coggs is running for Milwaukee city treasurer this spring – and he questions whether the complaint is being filed now to try and hurt his election bid. Jana Williams was let go after Democrats lost the majority in the Senate in 2010, and they had to reduce their staffs.