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The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched an investigation into allegations that Sen. Pat Wiggins' chief of staff misused a legislative database to gather personal contact information for campaign solicitations.

FPPC Executive Director Roman Porter declined to comment Tuesday except to confirm the probe.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat published an account of the complaint by former Wiggins' staffer Dave Kinst, who claims that the senator's chief of staff, Sean MacNeil, directed him to cull a legislative database for personal contact information of officials in Napa and elsewhere in Wiggins' district.

Kinst claims that he started culling the database in 2007 and did so this year as well. He said the personal contact information was used to solicit campaign support for Wiggins, whom he contends was not aware that the information came from a legislative database.

David MIller, Wiggins' spokesman, declined comment Tuesday.

Wiggins, a Santa Rosa Democrat who represents an area stretching from Napa to Humboldt counties, announced last month that she would not seek re-election next year.


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