Matt Kibbe

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Matt Kibbe
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Matt Kibbe in 2016
Occupation President and Chief Community Organizer, Free the People
Spouse(s) Terry Kibbe

Matthew B. Kibbe is the President and Chief Community Organizer[1] of Free the People, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting libertarian ideals. Prior to founding Free the People, he was the President of FreedomWorks, a position he held from 2004–2015. He was formerly CEO, the post now held by Adam Brandon.[2] He originally joined the organization (previously known as Citizens for a Sound Economy) as a policy analyst in 1986. He previously worked as Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Dan Miller (R-FL), Senior Economist at the Republican National Committee (where he resigned in protest when George H. W. Bush violated his no new taxes pledge),[3] Director of Federal Budget Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Managing Editor of Market Process, an academic economics journal published by the Center for the Study of Market Processes at George Mason University.[4][5]

Kibbe has been published in publications including The Wall Street Journal,[6] The Washington Times,[7] USA Today,, America Spectator and Reason Magazine.[8] On television, Kibbe has appeared on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, MSNBC’s Hardball, FOX News’ Fox & Friends, FOX News’ Glenn Beck, NBC’s The Today Show, FOX News’ America's Newsroom, C-SPAN, FOX News’ Neil Cavuto, FOX Business Network’s Happy Hour, and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher[9]

Third Party Debate Inclusion Efforts[edit]

Kibbe's Free the People made a vigorous effort to help third party candidates gain access to the presidential debates in 2016.[10] In an interview with Glenn Beck he stated that "the rigging of the system goes to the presidential commission alone... This is a nonprofit controlled by the two-party cartel that shockingly decides that they don’t want other parties involved in their debates."[11] He was also part of Our America Initiative's 2016 Liberty Tour, "visiting college campuses and other venues across America to raise awareness about third party inclusion in national presidential debates."[12]

Personal life[edit]

Kibbe's wife, Terry, is the Chief Development Officer[13] for Free the People.

Kibbe is also a devoted Grateful Dead fan and has said that Deadheads exemplify the self-organizing principles he subscribes to.[14]

Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto[edit]

Kibbe and FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey wrote Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto in 2010. The book reached best seller lists including The USA Today[15] and The Washington Post.[16]


  • Armey, Dick; Matt Kibbe (2010). Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-201587-7. 
  • Kibbe, Matt (2012). Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0-06-219601-9. 
  • Kibbe, Matt (2014). Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 978-0062308252. 


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