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State Department throws wet blanket on Ice Bucket Challenge
State Department throws wet blanket on Ice Bucket Challenge

U.S. State Department officials have put a damper on high-ranking officials who might be getting swept up in the Ice Bucket Challenge frenzy currently being tapped to raise money for ALS research. “High-ranking State Department officials are unfortunately unable to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge,” said spokeswoman Marie Harf at a State Department press briefing Thursday. “ “Federal government ethics rules prevent us from using our public offices ... for private gain, no matter how worthy the cause is,” Harf said, adding that, “This is, of course, a worthy cause.” Harf's comments came after reports of a diplomatic cable that...

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