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Controversial radio ad paid for with taxpayer money

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Jr. says taxpayer money is being used to pay for an ad in which Clark urges Milwaukee-area residents to learn to handle firearms so they can defend themselves 

In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report, Sheriff Clarke says the radio spots are public safety announcements. They started airing last month.

Clarke's Office has an $84.9 million budget for 2013, with 85 percent coming from county property taxes and most of the rest comes from state and federal funds.

The newspaper says it could not determine the exact amount being spent on the ads through a review of invoices and other department records.

But Clarke's office has agreed to buy more than $17,000 in radio ads this year, including the gun-themed spots. Last year, his office spent nearly $26,000 on safety ads.

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