Americans for Limited Government

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Americans for Limited Government
Founder(s) Howard Rich
Established 1996
Mission "Identifying, exposing and working with Congress and state legislatures to prevent the continued expansion of government."[1]
President Rick Manning
Chairman Howard Rich
Location Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Address 10332 Main Street, Box 326 Fairfax, VA 22030

Americans for Limited Government (ALG), formerly Americans for Limited Terms (ALT) is a conservative 501(c)(4) political advocacy organization active in the United States.[2] The organization describes itself as being involved with "identifying, exposing and working with Congress and state legislatures to prevent the continued expansion of government."[1] Its primary concerns are tax and spending reform, property rights restoration, school choice, limiting the size of government, and political term limits.[3]


ALG was co-founded in 1996 by real estate investor Howard Rich.[4] Individuals who have served on ALG's board of directors include Howard Rich, Eric O'Keefe, John Tillman, Ed Crane, and Bill Wilson.[3][5]


One of the organization's primary objectives is limiting the ability of government to exercise eminent domain as defined by Kelo v. City of New London.[6] ALG has sought to limit eminent domain by funding ballot initiatives throughout the country that would curtail the scope of eminent domain. In 2006 the group contributed approximately $4 million in support of ballot initiatives to limit the use of eminent domain in eight states.[6]

ALG has supported initiatives to enact Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) laws, which require states annually to restrict government spending to within limits set by voters according to inflation and population growth.[7]

ALG was involved in efforts to pass the Montana Constitutional Initiative 98 in 2006, which would have allowed voters in that state to recall elected judges or justices for any reason.[8] The initiative qualified for the ballot but was removed by a judge.[9]

In 2012, ALG was criticized by some Colorado residents for sending a voter audit letter which informed people whether their neighbors had voted in recent presidential elections.[10]


  1. ^ a b "About". Americans for Limited Government. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Hicks, Josh (June 5, 2013). "Sens. Coburn and Portman question VA ‘official time’ for union activities". Washington Post. 
  3. ^ a b SCOTT SHANE (September 25, 2009). "A Critic Finds Obama Policies a Perfect Target". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 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. 
  4. ^ Kroll, Andy (October 16, 2012). "Following the Mystery Money Behind a Super-PAC's Attacks on Tammy Duckworth". Mother Jones. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Get website archive, 2006
  6. ^ a b Kasindorf, Martin (September 24, 2006). "Voters get a say on land rights". USA Today. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Crary, David (October 27, 2006). "Libertarian affects ballots in 14 states; New Yorker’s efforts include TABOR initiative in Maine". Bangor Daily News. Associated Press. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Dennison, Mike (April 20, 2006). "Stucco pig tours state to promote constitutional initiative". Billings Gazette. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Dennison, Mike (September 20, 2006). "Judge rules CI-97 unconstitutional". The Missoulian. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  10. ^ Harrison, Scott (October 30, 2012). "Voting audit letter upsets local voter". KRDO. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 

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