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Diplomats can't take the ice bucket challenge

Ice bucket challenge

Not everyone is allowed to do the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Lawyers are why we can't have anything nice.

You know the ALS ice bucket challenge, right? If not, you should probably click here.

Anyway, what started out as an amazing viral awareness and fundraising campaign, is now getting lawyered up.

The Associated Press got its hands on a State Department cable that forbids Ambassadors and other high ranking foreign service officers from taking the challenge because federal ethics rules bar officials from using public office for private gain...no matter how worthy the cause.

 

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