SENATE BRIEF: Republicans’ Weak Candidates (Yet Again) Underperform – GOP’s Blankenship Problem – Abysmal GOP Fundraising – Rick Scott Under Fire

Week of Monday, April 16

IN BRIEF: Their historically weak field of Senate candidates is costing Republicans cold hard cash — and that’s just the start of their problems. From oppo dumps to missed fundraising expectations to misleading (and often bizarre) rhetoric, Republican candidates across the country are proving that they’re just not ready for the bright spotlight of a U.S. Senate campaign. As fundraising numbers trickle in and primary dates approach, the news from the campaign trail is looking grim for Republicans:

THREE TO WATCH: 

THREE NUMBERS:

  • 9: Percent of the 500 major companies that make up the S&P 500 index that have paid employees cash bonuses since the passage of the Republican tax plan.
  • 109Billions of dollars in dividends paid to shareholders following the passage of the Republican tax plan, setting a new record for dividend payments.
  • 84: Percent of all stocks owned by the wealthiest 10% of households.

ONE FOR THE ROAD: Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé — and stay tuned to the Coachella livestream again this coming weekend.

AND HAPPY MONDAY from American Bridge. Follow us at @JoshuaKarp @EmmaBeckerman1