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 Chesapeake Beach, Maryland where he is a former town council member, Rick is active in his local church and is married to his college sweetheart.

Rick Manning

Raul Labrador has earned your vote to be Governor of Idaho

By Rick Manning Raul Labrador will make a great Governor of Idaho. I know because I have watched him represent Idaho in Congress. I have seen Raul Labrador stand firm against national GOP leaders and fight for conservative principles when every political benefit said stop fighting. I […]


Give President Trump the Power to Negotiate Sugar Subsidies Away

By Rick Manning “President Trump believes that American food producers have not been treated the fairly on international stage and has committed to levelling the playing field for America’s farmers.” That’s one of the clear statements contained within last month’s White House  report  titled, “What You Need To […]


Coup by intimidation: The Swamp fights back

By Rick Manning On May 2, the Daily Caller reported, “House Democrat Warns Trump Team: You’ll End Up ‘Sullied’ Like Ronny Jackson,” writing, “Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen warned on Wednesday that members of President Donald Trump’s inner circle will end up ‘sullied’ like former White House physician Adm. […]


Mike Pompeo is already a successful peacemaker. Democrats ought to support him.

By Rick Manning A casual observer might be surprised to learn that Mike Pompeo is in the midst of a confirmation battle to become President Trump’s secretary of state. After all, he’s already conducting high-stakes diplomatic negotiations for the United States. On Monday afternoon, the Senate Foreign […]


Mulvaney Brings Law and Order to the CFPB

By Rick Manning Mick Mulvaney, the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is bringing responsibility and transparency to his agency – so of course he is under attack by Democrats. The brainchild of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the CFPB purportedly exists to shield consumers from […]


If the President doesn’t want to sign another bad omnibus bill, he must act now

By Rick Manning President Trump declared he would never sign another stinker government funding bill like the omnibus again, yet many in Washington, D.C. expect the legislative funding game to be played exactly the same way this upcoming September. It doesn’t have to be, and if the […]


The left is going crazy over the Andrew McCabe firing, but Attorney General Jeff Sessions got it exactly right

By Rick Manning Former Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Andrew McCabe has been fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the left is going crazy. McCabe’s firing was recommended by the FBI’s internal career civil service run Office of Professional Responsibility, and the Attorney General […]


House GOP opposition to Trump’s steel tariffs blew the Pa. special election race

By Rick Manning Washington, D.C. House Republicans are scrambling to explain how they lost a special election in a Pennsylvania district that President Trump won by 20 points. It really is pretty simple. They still don’t have a clue how or why Trump won. The district was […]


Thank you for the crumbs, Mr. President

By Rick Manning “Thank you, President Trump, for the crumbs.”  That is what the sign that hung over a small electrical business in North Beach, Maryland read. The message was clear, the tax cuts which former Speaker Nancy Pelosi called “crumbs” are making a positive difference in […]


Time for the nation to have an honest dialogue about violence

By Rick Manning Almost twenty-five years ago, my almost nine-year tenure as a state lobbyist with the National Rifle Association came to an end. After fighting with every ounce of my being to stop encroachments on the right to keep and bear arms, I was done, vowing […]


Is a Government Agency’s Bad Science a Gift to Trial Lawyers?

By Rick Manning As originally published at https://townhall.com/columnists/rickmanning/2018/02/15/is-a-government-agencys-bad-science-a-gift-to-trial-lawyers-n2449218 In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy was the face that launched a thousand ships. When she left her husband, King Menelaus of Sparta for her lover Prince Paris of Troy, the Trojan War broke out that is mythologized by Homer, […]


To end sugar subsidies, conservatives can’t launch a frontal attack

By Rick Manning As originally published at http://thehill.com/opinion/finance/372284-to-end-sugar-subsidies-conservatives-cant-launch-a-frontal-attack As predictable as the changing seasons in Vermont, when the  farm bill needs reauthorization, the same old tired mantra to end sugar subsidies and all will be well begins to be heard. Yet, after about 80 years of trying, sugar subsidies still […]


President Donald Trump celebrates the triumph of the American and human spirit in first State of the Union Address

By Rick Manning State of the Union messages are typically a laundry list of promises seeking to pander to various constituencies with little philosophical cohesion. Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech broke this rule. Rather than a policy focused speech, the President chose to emphasize […]


Worse than Watergate: FBI destruction of 5 months of texts worse than the missing 18 minutes

By Rick Manning As originally published at http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/01/23/why-fbis-missing-five-months-texts-is-worse-than-watergate.html Richard Nixon’s secretary Rose Mary Woods erased 18 minutes of tape recording of the president and became infamous in1972. The FBI failed to preserve five months of text messages and expects the American public to believe it was a random mistake. This is […]


Devin Nunes is the right man, in the right place, at the right time to rein in the deep state

By Rick Manning House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes earned recognition as Americans for Limited Government’s 2017 Congressman of the Year for his steadfast pursuit of the truth related to the Obama Administration’s intelligence agency weaponization during the 2016 election campaign and the continued use of these tools against President Trump. Chairman Nunes praised Speaker Paul […]

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