"From my perspective, having worked with the Trump campaign, I’d be stunned that they were organized enough to collude with anybody."- Rick Santorum
This quote came up from the weekend, and I have to admire it.
Just the term "colluding" is a problem for most folks. Go ask a guy to define it. It means to conspire or come to a secret understanding that multiple sides can agree upon without divulging the agreement. It'd be like you getting your neighbor to agree to a fake hostility situation so you could convince your wife that you really need to sell this house and move somewhere else.
Money exchanged in collusion? No, not necessarily.
Are there Senators from both political parties acting in a collusion-like way? Yes....almost daily. Are journalists behaving in a collusion-like way? Yes....hour by hour.
To be honest, we probably can only function as a country today, by collusion. What do you think the France did in 1776....they colluded with the Americans, to ensure the defeat of the British. Banks collude with people to ensure their survival. Farmer collude, car mechanics collude, and even doctors collude.
Santorum is simply speaking the truth in that the team around Trump really wasn't that bright, but they lucked out because Hillary Clinton was so inept at running for President. Toss in the Russian meddling, and people just tired of politics, and you've got the sum and total of the 2016 election.