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By SUSAN HAIGH, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A top aide for Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he sought information from the Department of Motor Vehicles about low-number license plates on behalf of a newspaper columnist and did not realize the information was protected by federal and state privacy laws.

Senior communications adviser Roy Occhiogrosso told The Associated Press Friday that he was contacted by a Hartford Courant columnist and asked to get information about dozens of coveted low-number license plates issued to former Gov. M. Jodi Rell, her family and supporters.

Occhiogrosso says Malloy’s chief of staff ultimately retrieved the list of registrations from the DMV and Occhiogrosso forwarded it to the columnist.

The state Republican Party chairman called it “frightening and disturbing” privacy laws, which carry criminal fines and civil liabilities, were violated. Occhiogrosso says he was unaware the information was protected.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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