Every business that grows has to deal with the world of politics.
In San Francisco we have two examples. One good and one terrible.
The good one is Uber. Uber hired professional lobbyists who told them the way around local greedy political satraps was to go to the state level, in California, and get legal accreditation there as a limousine service, not as local taxis. They did, they paid the necessary people and they are in good shape in California.
The bad one is Airbnb. They hired local Lefty political activists. First the Lefty advisors gave away the baby and the bathwater and second, they still got into a losing fight with the Luddites and unions.
What should a growing business do? First, recognize that politics is a zero sum game, you either lose or you may be lucky and get a draw. To get a draw you must put up money for the personal gain of the political players. Corruption is never open, it is always subtle and under the table. Find the professionals who have done this all their lives, usually ex-legislators. Follow their advice and give money to them to use at their discretion in ways you don’t want to know about.
Nearly every city in America is Democrat and union controlled. Don’t assume getting a Democrat lobbyist is a good idea. Get the fanciest, top drawer, suede shoe lobbyist you can find, regardless of party.