A prominent anti-Trump group has decided to end its effort to recruit an independent candidate to run for president in 2016.

Better for America, a group that worked to open up ballot access for an alternative to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, announced its decision to cease its ballot access and candidate recruitment efforts on Monday.

"The mission of BFA was to keep the electoral window open through the summer, and allow a leader to emerge to restore honor, integrity and unifying and principled leadership to the 2016 presidential election cycle," the group said in a statement.

"While polling continues to show that the electorate is dissatisfied with both candidates, and believes the country to be on the wrong track, the opportunity for BFA to influence this election cycle has diminished over the summer months, and BFA will therefore end its candidate recruitment and ballot access efforts."

John Kingston, the founder of Better for America who had helped finance Mitt Romney's candidacy in 2012, expressed his dismay at the lack of response from the nation's "financial and political leaders" in a statement.

"While we are disappointed that we didn't see the leadership response we anticipated, I am encouraged by the many Americans who supported us in our efforts, and am particularly proud of a remarkable BFA management team willing to sacrifice themselves out of their great and patriotic commitment," Kingston said.

"I know these great Americans will remain committed to restoring integrity, honor and principled leadership to our country, and I in turn remain committed to supporting them in these efforts."

Better for America was thought to be involved in boosting the presidential campaign of Evan McMullin, a former CIA official and Republican who worked for the House Republican Conference.

Better for America's decision to pull out of the 2016 race appears to show that Republicans identifying as "Never Trump" remain just as divided as they were during the GOP primary.