Corruption does not include efforts to “garner ‘influence over or access to’ elected officials”.
We all have a right to speak freely about our political views. If in the Wisconsin Governers’ race I favor Tony Zielinski over Scott Walker, I would vote for Tony Zielinski. And before voting I woould probably share my opinions with my friends or family. If I have in sum, 40 friends and family members, I may directly influence them to the extent that I was able, not only to speak, but to persuade, convince, or cajole.
For candidate Zielinski direction of or may not speak would go as far as my friends and family and exercise my speech rightopinion to my friends and colleagues.