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

Are states that refuse to reopen losing the consent of the governed?

By Rick Manning What happens to a government when the consent of the governed breaks down?  History has many instances of this some ending with peaceful transformation, others with successful revolution as in our own history and still others with military crackdowns as we currently see in […]


Political correctness is the real Chinese virus

By Rick Manning Political correctness usually just seems silly or at worst a little crazy, but in the case of the Chinese-originated virus, the worldwide virtue signaling has become worse than dangerous; it has become deadly. Dario Nardella, the mayor of Florence, Italy, made a bold and […]


Time to turn the American engine on again

By Rick Manning “Fear Not.” These are the words that Mary heard from the Angel Gabriel who then told her that “she had found great favor in the Lord,” announcing that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus. Even Mary found fear in the […]


Walden shocks with support for Pelosi Socialized Medicine pathway

By Rick Manning Everyone agrees that America should do everything it can right now to support our health care providers, yet some politicians in Washington, D.C., think this is a perfect time to change the medical payment system in a way that punishes those very health professionals. […]


The battle to reopen America will be difficult while coronavirus fears remain

By Rick Manning Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as saying, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,” and this sentiment is particularly pertinent to these times of state lockdowns and social distancing as our nation seeks […]


President Trump right to seek balance in moving forward in health emergency

By Rick Manning The balancing act that President Donald Trump is attempting between public health concerns over the Chinese virus and the economic disaster being left in the wake of the government social distancing flattening the curve cure is perhaps the defining question of his presidency. In […]


SEC proposal breaks Trump regulatory pledge, places risk burden on brokers, not investors

By Rick Manning President Donald Trump has made ending overly paternalistic or downright economically damaging regulations one of the bulwarks of his administration with a success record second to none in rolling back the expanded administrative state. Yet, in spite of this administration emphasis, the Securities and […]


Joe Biden is full of it, he is coming for your guns

By Rick Manning Former Vice President Joe Biden used a profane expression to deny that he is against the Second Amendment when pressed by a Michigan voter on the issue .  He told the worker he would confiscate his guns:  “we’ll take your AR-14s away.” He meant AR-15, which if you own one or other legal […]


Retiring GOP Representative Mac Thornberry goes full Pelosi on wall funding reprogramming he voted for

By Rick Manning What a bunch of frauds. Ranking House Republican on the House Armed Services Committee Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) joined Democrats in attacking President Trump’s choice to move $3.8 billion within the Defense Department approved spending from weapons programs into the counter-drug fund with the intention […]


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 […]

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