Bill Wilson (activist)

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Bill Wilson
Born 1953 (age 61–62)
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Education U. Delaware[1]
Occupation Activist for small government
Employer Americans for Limited Government
Home town Maryland[1]
Political party
Americans for Limited Government

Bill Wilson (b. 1953) is a limited government activist. He currently serves as president of Americans for Limited Government; a Virginia based non-profit group promoting small government. He has been active in the limited government movement for more than 30 years, working with various groups pushing right-to-work laws, term limits and school choice.[1] He was referred to by one New York Times article as “a member of Washington’s permanent class of ideological activists.”

Personal life[edit]

Wilson grew up in a military household in rural Maryland. It is there that Wilson was first taught to believe in limited government, and has been cited saying “I was raised to believe and have always believed that small government is best.”[citation needed] He would go on to graduate from the University of Delaware in 1975 earning a degree in political science. His career in the field of politics began shortly thereafter when he worked on Ronald Reagan’s campaign during the 1976 Delaware primary as a Youth Coordinator.[1][2] He currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia with his wife Tessie with whom he has two grown children.[3]

Political career[edit]

Wilson’s political career began in 1976 as a youth director for the Reagan for President Campaign in Maryland and southeast Pennsylvania. Later that year he began working for the National Right to Work Committee, as an organizer in several western states. Over the next 10 years Wilson continued to work for the National Right to Work Committee where he achieved the position of Vice-President of Operations, and lobbied to enact Idaho’s Right to Work Law in 1986.[1][3]

In 1992 Wilson met Howard Rich, a successful New York real estate investor, and like-minded political activist. In 1994 Wilson joined U.S Term Limits as a managerial adviser overseeing various projects and initiative campaigns. Together Wilson and Rich worked on in various organizations promoting their views including Parents in Charge and Americans for Limited government. As a founding board member Wilson served on the Executive Committee from 1996 to 2006 when he assumed the role of president.[1][3]

These organizations have been labeled as libertarian and conservative and antigovernment but Wilson shuns labels and sees his basic goal of "rolling back the government."[1] He was quoted as saying "I was raised to believe and have always believed that small government is best."[1]

Americans for Limited Government is a 501(3c) non-profit based in Virginia. One of the primary functions of the organization is research. For example, the organization sees Barack Obama as advocating a greater role for government because of administration policies regarding health care, cap and trade, and as a result, Americans for Limited Government studies these choices. Wilson told a reporter: "Obama has so heightened the debate over the proper role of government that it’s inspired a lot of people to get involved."[1]

Americans for Limited Government’s focus has been establishing its online presence through new media resources. In 2007, with help from his children, Wilson began cultivating their internet presence with and later their blog[3][4] In 2009 the group was featured on hundreds of websites with many of their “prolific opposition research” showcased in many anti-Obama efforts.[1] On April 20, 2012 FreeMarket America, a project of Americans for Limited Government,[5] premiered “If I wanted America to Fail,” on YouTube. As of April 26 the video has over 700,000 views and has been embedded on, and [6]

Americans for Limited Government has criticized "the president, his programs, his aides, his allies and his nominees without restraint."[1] The emails provide ammunition for conservative blogs, radio hosts, pundits, Congressional aides and small-town newspaper columnists.[1] The attacks can be extreme; for example, one email described Obama as "the biggest liar of all."[1] But Wilson explained the attacks have to be extreme to cut through the "political cacophony"; he said "I’m going to make it in a provocative manner, because that’s how it attracts attention."[1] The group hired a cartoonist to caricature opponents.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Scott Shane (September 25, 2009). "A Critic Finds Obama Policies a Perfect Target". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-21. It is the weekly research meeting at Americans for Limited Government, and Bill Wilson is presiding with gusto. The Obama administration is serving up so many rich targets that Mr. Wilson and his crew of young conservatives hardly know where to begin. 
  2. ^ "A Loud Voice for Small Government". UD Messenger 18 (2): 48. August 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Contributor Bill Wilson". Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
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  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ SHERYL GAY STOLBERG (February 27, 2009). "Conservatives Ponder Way Out of Wilderness". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-15. And a young cartoonist, William Warren of the advocacy group Americans for Limited Government, displayed his latest work, a lampoon of the iconic Obama campaign poster. 

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