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T.J. O'HaraT.J. O'Hara is an internationally recognized author, speaker, strategic consultant in the private and public sectors, who also serves as the Principal Political Analyst for IVN. In 2012, he emerged as the leading independent candidate for the Office of President of the United States. Along the way, he earned the first Presidential endorsement of the Whig Party since the 1850s, his website was archived by the Library of Congress for its historic significance, and he won the first on-line virtual Presidential election (conducted by We Want You) by a commanding 72.1% and 72.7% over Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, respectively. He is the author of a satirical political trilogy ("The Left isn't Right" - "The Right is Wrong" - and "The National Platform of Common Sense") and has written recurring columns for The Washington Times and Communities Digital News that explore our Nations most pressing issues, challenge conventional thinking, and provide an open forum for civil discussion.
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Thomas W. OhlsonThomas W. Ohlson was recently forced to retire from the Foreign Service due to ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). As a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State, he served in such places as The Bahamas, Russia, Afghanistan, the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City, and United States Southern Command in Miami. Prior to joining the State Department, Tom served in the U.S. Army as a crash-rescue pilot. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Anthropology from Florida State University, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Archaeology, where his research is focused on human impact on the environment. Tom is a native of Florida, is married with three school-aged children, and also actively blogs for the Foreign Policy Association and the ALS community. He considers himself a Rockefeller Republican.
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Natesha OliverNatesha is the founder of Missouri Independents Stand Together, M.I.S.T. She has been an Independent since 2014.
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Kristin OlsenKristin Olsen is a Stanislaus County supervisor. She is a former member and Republican leader of the California State Assembly.
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Peter Olsen-PhillipsPeter Olsen-Phillips is a Washington DC-based reporter for the Sunlight Foundation, covering issues of government accountability, transparency and money-in-politics. If you would like to contact me please use the e-mail address listed below.
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Jason OlsonJason Olson is the Director of National Outreach for Open Primaries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to opening up the primaries in all 50 states. Olson formerly served as the Director of IndependentVoice.Org, a California nonprofit organization advocating opening up the elections process to independent voters. IndependentVoice.Org was part of the campaign to pass Nonpartisan Elections and Redistricting Reform in California. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and C-SPAN.
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John OpdyckeJohn Opdycke is the President of Open Primaries.
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Greg OrmanGreg Orman, a Kansas businessman, is an independent candidate for Kansas governor. He also ran for the U.S. Senate in 2014 as an Independent. He is the author of the book, A Declaration of Independents, which published in 2016
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Michelle OrrockThe National Federation of Independent Business is the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses. A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1943, NFIB represents the consensus views of its members in Washington and all 50 state capitals. NFIBs mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. NFIB also gives its members a power in the marketplace. By pooling the purchasing power of its members, the National Federation of Independent Business gives members access to many business products and services at discounted costs. NFIB also provides timely information designed to help small businesses succeed.
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Grant OsterIn 2004, I was one of the few at my high school that were of voting age. I did no research on either of the candidates, and the reason I voted for whom I did was ridiculous. I wasn't made aware of the issues, and I didn't bother to look them up. Since then I've made it my mission to offer unbiased guidance for those looking to get the facts of the candidates and their policies.
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Take Back Our RepublicTake Back Our Republic believes that individual participation in the American political system is the best way to preserve and strengthen our liberty. We engage in research, education, and advocacy about returning political power to individuals and ending the system of escalating campaign contributions by corporations, labor unions and special interests that fuels government spending.
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