The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has some public officials in hot water. Now, they're rushing to take their videos off the Internet, so they won't get in trouble.
President Barack Obama recently refused to take part in the challenge. The State Department also released some information about why public officials need to stay away from the trending fundraising effort.
This because, the note explains, publicly supporting one charity cause over others, as a high-profile public official, would be using public office for private gain—even if the private gain is charitable.
That means public officials could actually be punished for posting an Ice Bucket Challenge video. Members from Congress could be penalized for doing this! That's not likely to happen, but it shows why they're nervous.
Some, like Representatives John Lewis and Kelly Castor, got involved with the Ice Bucket Challenge early on. But, both have removed the videos from YouTube. Other members of Congress are also taking down tweets and videos.
But, I always tell you that it's very difficult to really delete anything posted on the Internet.