|Get in the game or be killed. Not exactly an adult message.|
jsonline: Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke’s local radio ads that launched the whirlwind of attention for Clarke were paid spots that will be billed to taxpayers through the sheriff's county budget, Clarke said Friday. "Every penny we spend belongs to the taxpayers of this county," Clarke said in an email response. "We use public funds on public education as a means to work with people on ways designed to keep them safe. It's called crime prevention." Clarke's department has an $84.9 million budget for 2013, with 85% coming from property taxes. Most of the rest comes from state and federal funds.
Invoices and other records provided by the Sheriff's Department showed Clarke's office has agreed to buy more than $17,000 in radio ads this year, including the gun-themed ads. In an email, Clarke said his paid radio spots were not gun ads, but public safety announcements.
Supervisor John Weishan Jr. said the sheriff's ads did not qualify as something that promotes general welfare and safety … "There is a way to do public service announcements to promote public safety," Weishan said. "This has nothing to do with public safety and everything to do with self-promotion."