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Andrew Yang. Photo: JOSHUA LOTT/Getty Images

Andrew Yang, the self-described "entrepreneur who understands the economy," has wrangled more than 47,000 people to donate to his campaign as of Wednesday night, reports the Daily Beast.

Details: As of Dec. 31, 2018, his campaign committee had $38,730 in the bank, and he had spent $33,000 on Facebook ads. If Yang — whose platform largely concentrates on universal basic income — can get more 65,000 people to donate in the next 2 months, he will qualify to participate in the first presidential primary debate. Already, 44-year-old Yang has achieved a minimum of 200 donors per state in at least 20 states.

Why it matters: As the Daily Beast points out, Yang can thank the internet and its ability to give everyone a voice, for his accomplishments to date.

Go deeper: Andrew Yang: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

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Second senior Matt Gaetz aide resigns amid federal investigation

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) walking out of the Capitol in January 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Devin Murphy, Rep. Matt Gaetz's legislative director, has stepped down amid a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations against the Florida Republican congressman, the New York Times first reported and Axios has confirmed.

The latest: "It's been real," Murphy wrote in an email, obtained by Axios, to Republican legislative directors on Saturday morning, with the subject line: "Well...bye."

Rep. Dan Crenshaw says he'll be blind for a month after eye surgery

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) in Washington, D.C., in December 2020. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) said in a statement Saturday he will be blind for roughly a month after getting surgery to reattach the retina in left eye.

Why it matters: Crenshaw, who lost his right eye and sustained severe damage to his left eye during his third deployment to Afghanistan in 2012, said he will be "pretty much off the grid for the next few weeks."

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