Such is the state of politics in the U.S. that there now are people who market themselves as "coalition consultants," and, for a fee, will help identify potential partners regarding legislative (or other) issues.
An interesting example of how these consultants work involved the creation of a federal bill that was supported by organizations representing vending machine operators, blind people, tollway booth workers and casino owners.
Give yourself a pat on the back if you can identify the issue those folks agreed on: supporting legislation to replace paper $1 bills with coins.
One of NRCA's priorities these days is gathering support for the Realistic Roof Tax Treatment Act (R2T2), which would reduce the depreciation period for nonresidential roofs from 39 years to 20 years. To do that, we must find partners from outside our industry (without paying consultant fees).