Rick Manning

Rick Manning is the President Americans for Limited Government and can be reached at rmanning@getliberty.org. A long time public affairs professional, Rick served as the Public Affairs Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor during the George W. Bush Administration, where he was twice recognized by the Secretary for Exceptional Achievement.

Born and raised in southern California, Rick graduated from the University of Southern California working his way through school running political campaigns.

Shortly thereafter, he became a state lobbyist for the National Rifle Association for nine years responsible for the southeastern United States, Maryland and New Jersey. At NRA, Rick worked closely with local groups to pass the groundbreaking concealed carry law in Florida which has subsequently served as a national model.

A veteran of dozens of corporate communications and grassroots campaigns, Manning has emerged as a leading voice in the conservative community with columns appearing in The Hill, Investor’s Business Daily, FoxNews.com and other major publications across the nation.

A resident of Maryland where he is a former town council member locally, Rick is active in his local church and is married to his college sweetheart.

Rick Manning

Time for union spending transparency

By Rick Manning The U.S. Department of Labor is charged with overseeing activities of our nation’s labor unions by the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 , an act that resulted from a report by a Senate Committee chaired by Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy. Protecting union members from the theft and misuse of labor […]


Joe Biden is the Jeb Bush of the 2020 Democratic primary

By Rick Manning Joe Biden is the Jeb Bush of the 2020 Democratic primary, a candidate who the kingmakers of the Democratic Party attempted to put into the White House so that they could control the levers of power much like Jeb in 2016. The problem that […]


Rep. Louie Gohmert receives 2019 Americans for Limited Government Defender of Liberty Award

By Rick Manning Each year, Americans for Limited Government recognizes a few Members of Congress for going above and beyond in the fight for liberty. This year, three Members are going to be recognized for their outstanding exploits. Representative Louie Gohmert is a familiar face in the […]


Restricting short-term loans in Virginia will hurt consumers

By Rick Manning The Virginia legislature is rushing to pass a bill that would have disastrous consequences for Old Dominion residents. In the coming weeks, a law that would cap at 36 percent the interest rate on short-term loans up to $2,500 and impose other limits on […]


The real threat to our republic

By Rick Manning U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has come out swinging in the past month often appearing with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) in his bid for the Democratic Party nomination for president.  In fact, it could be argued that Ocasio-Cortez is responsible for bringing life to […]


The President is exonerated, will the Senate Democrats be brave enough to admit it?

By Rick Manning The Democrats never intended to convince the Senate.  I know this is hard to believe, but the Democrats, both House and Senate, wrote off convicting President Trump in the Senate well before they started the House impeachment hearings.  Their goal from the outset was […]


Bolton book irrelevant to impeachment trial

By Rick Manning The leak of parts of John Bolton’s book out of the National Security Council is clearly designed to impact the impeachment trial. No matter what the book claims, the facts remain the same. The Ukrainian government had zero knowledge that the funds were being […]


Local zoning saved from Obama HUD rule by Trump administration after five-year fight

By Rick Manning In 2014, local zoning was slated for elimination by the Obama Department of Housing and Urban Development using a proposed rule known as “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” but something happened on the way to far left utopians taking over decisions on where housing should […]


Impeachment takes center stage as the circus comes to town

By Rick Manning The circus is coming to Washington, D.C. and Senators are not getting any popcorn.  Speaker Pelosi’s imperial trooper like march with impeachment documents last week triggered the Senate impeachment trial and this is what you can expect. Chief Justice John Roberts will be in […]


Unjust Flynn sentencing is the last straw

By Rick Manning America’s eyes turned to Iraq and Iran over the past few days as President Trump made a bold decision to take out one of the world’s most dangerous terrorists and faced down the Iranian government and their proxies at MSNBC, CNN, the Democratic Congress […]


Fair and reciprocal trade will be President Trump’s legacy as economy continues to boom

By Rick Manning As we embark upon 2020, with the third year of Donald Trump’s presidency in the can, the American economy is as good as it has been in at least 70 years, and after what many economists predicted would be a mid-year downturn, 2019 has […]


Pension Crisis: Grassley, Alexander seek to tackle forecasted union pension collapse

By Rick Manning Our nation’s pension systems are in trouble.  Underfunded with outsized promises to beneficiaries who are living longer, the death rattles of the defined benefit pension system, which promises a fixed amount of money per month for retirees, are now audible. There are many facets […]


The Renewable Fuel Standard is the gift that keeps on taking

By Rick Manning As we approach Christmas it is time to take another look at one of the “gifts” Congress gave the U.S. and how it continues to be the gift that keeps on taking. It is a gift that has not only failed to do what […]


Pelosi’s drug-pricing plan fatally flawed 

By Rick Manning You’d think Democrats and Republicans in Washington could find a way to work together to help people get the cutting-edge, lifesaving medications they need. Sadly, that’s not the case. The House is expected to  vote  on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s drug pricing bill next week. The […]


Better government begins with transparent information

By Rick Manning Limited government demands that the administrative state base regulations upon a foundation of sound science and transparency. But transparency and evidence-based science are not just a limited government issue; they’re a better governance issue that should enjoy bipartisan commitment. In particular, there’s a lot at stake […]

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