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August 22, 2014

Why You Won’t See US Politicians and Heads of State Get All Wet with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

by John Phillips

The State Department’s lawyers, the Committee on House Administration and the Defense Department’s Office of General Counsel Standards of Conduct Office and other government legal departments have banned U.S. Ambassadors, high-profile workers stationed overseas, current service members, DOD employees, members of Congress and the President from participating in the ALS’ ice bucket challenge.  According to the fuddy duddy attorneys, the ice bucket challenge “runs afoul of federal ethics rules barring officials from using public office for private gain no matter how worthy the cause.”

Why?  It’s an endorsement of one cause over another- ALS.  Thus, concerns about preference and favoritism always arise.

Despite this, several politicians have unknowingly joined in in the cause, here are a few of the many:

Pat Quinn,Governor of Illinois


Matt Mead, Governor of Wyoming


And here are a few ice bucket tweets, from politicians, challenging politicians. If you look closely, you can see that the tweets were deleted within a few days of posting them.

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There are literally dozens and dozens of examples of politicians and government workers who did not know the rules- not surprising since the Rule is a little aggressive.

One person the rule does not apply to is former Presidents.

George W. Bush, Former President

President Bush does not fall into any of the categories of political figures who are banned from doing the challenge. However, since it was so good, we thought it was necessary to include his ice bucket video. And he challenged Bill Clinton.

For more GOOD ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, you can click here.
For some of the worst, click here.
We have also compiled some of the non-human challenges here.

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