The State and Defense departments and the House of Representatives have barred diplomats, the armed forces, and lawmakers, respectively, from participating in the "ice-bucket challenge" to raise money to combat the neural disease ALS, The Washington Post writes, citing reporting by the Associated Press, Military Times, and Politico.
House members and staff at U.S. embassies were told that, however worthy the cause, taking part in the public ice-water dousing that has spread virally online in recent weeks would violate ethics rules prohibiting the use of government offices to promote private charitable interests. The Defense Department notified service members that participating in the challenge could imply a Pentagon endorsement of the ALS cause.
The ALS Association said Thursday that it had collected $41.8-million in donations since July 29, when the craze took off, more than double its total fundraising for the year ending January, 31, 2013, The New York Times writes.
See a Chronicle tally of how much has been raised and how many new donors have contributed each day of the campaign.