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I would like to see non-major-party candidates elected to congress. I don't care which state, and I don't much care what their platform is.

Are there any political organizations whose mission is to simply get independents and/or third parties elected in the US?

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    What about an independent who is more likely to vote one party or the other due to similar alignment of beliefs? Any liberal non-Democrat is still going to vote with the Democrats most of the time, and the reverse is true of a conservative non-Republican. – David Rice Jan 29 at 16:10
  • This is fine. My primary motivation is to prevent obstructionism and widen political discourse by preventing outright majorities. Viz. If neither Republicans nor Democrats can count on being able to pass or defeat a proposal based strictly on party loyalty considerations, then bills must necessarily have the substance to convince those "across the aisle" or those otherwise voting their conscience. – Scott Jan 29 at 16:28
  • So, if an independent is, say, liberal(conservative) and generally votes liberally(conservatively) this is fine. However, if an independent votes to simply obstruct party X because they are opposed to the party, and not the bill, then this is not constructive from this angle. Thus the "due to political ties" limitation. – Scott Jan 29 at 16:28
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    I think that if an independent had close political ties with a particular party and intended to simply "toe the party line", they would certainly avail themselves of the massive political benefits that attend association with a major party. – Scott Jan 29 at 16:54
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    "I don't much care what their platform is" - Cthulhu for President!!! – user4012 Jan 30 at 15:52
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You can check out Unite America at Unite America

According to their page

Unite America is the only organization in the country building the grassroots community, donor network, and electoral infrastructure to help independent candidates run winning campaigns.

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    Despite the frequency at which the phenomenon occurs, I am always shocked and amazed when I have an idea for a thing, and someone somewhere is doing that exact thing. It seems as though the world is big enough to provide me with a never ceasing supply of wonderment. :) – Scott Jan 29 at 15:28
  • Upon reading their website, Unite America does not seem to support third party candidates. They strictly support independents. I wonder what the motivation there is? – Scott Jan 29 at 16:29
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    @Scott It looks like they believe that a candidate in a party will be looking out for the party's interests over the people's, regardless of party. Which makes some sense, given party support and fundraising. – Geobits Jan 29 at 16:44

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