Here's how American Crossroads likes to describe itself. "American Crossroads is a new kind of non-profit political organization dedicated to renewing America's commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free enterprise and a strong national defense-through informed and effective political action by citizens like you. We face a decision between holding our government to a higher standard of financial integrity and accountability, and allowing the government to keep spending our tax dollars wastefully, concealing the true costs of legislation it passes, and accumulating reckless levels of debt to foreign nations."Everywhere you go, the campaigns seem to follow. It's gotten so it's not safe to answer the phone. It's not safe to turn on the TV. As decision day gets closer, the messages bear less relevance to the issues and focus more on negative characterizations of the opponent.The gridlock, the nastiness and pointless partisanship that demonizes the opponent (very different from the healthy partisanship that clarifies issues)-it's all tied to the money. Every politician you talk to professes how much they hate raising money, but they all feel obliged to beg for it incessantly lest their opponent garner an "unfair" advantage. Ditto on negative campaigning: They say they hate it, but it works, so bring out the shovels.