Kim Dotcom to start a political party under house arrest

Dotcom could soon be running a political party from the comfort of his mansion.

Mega founder Kim Dotcom is planning to launch a political party- while under house arrest- in time for New Zealand’s general election this year

The German born millionaire, who gained New Zealand citizenship in 2010, says he will be funding his political group “Megaparty” despite being ineligible to be a candidate. According to the Guardian, the 39 year old cannot be a candidate under New Zealand legislation. This is despite generous contributions to his adopted home including a huge fireworks show for the city of Auckland totaling NZ$600,000.

The eccentric entrepreneur hopes to provide an alternative for the youths and internet users in the upcoming election.

“My political party will activate non-voters, the youth, the Internet electorate. We are going to make politics exciting.”

Dotcom said the party is expected to be launched on Monday, two years after police stormed his mansion near Auckland and arrested him. While it is not clear what the party will promote, likely policies would protect freedom of speech and privacy. American prosecutors accuse Dotcom of promoting internet piracy through the now defunct Megaupload.

While fighting US attempts to extradite him, he has since recorded an album, become the first ranked Modern Warfare 3 player in the world and raised five children all under house arrest. DotCom argues he cannot be held responsible for those who chose to use his site to pirate songs or movies.

Source: The Guardian | Image via ABC

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"raised five children all under house arrest" Please he has a nanny! All he needs is 5% of the vote to get his door in. while im not a fan of him, i think it would be great to see what happens if he got that 5%.

So a corrupt international wanted criminal and general scumbag of the earth going into politics, who would have figured...

Probably not a fixation, just that once he used it for MegaUpload it's easier for people to associate the newer offerings with him if he uses the same base word.

Why is he still under house arrest anyway? It's not been proven that he's broken a single law so far, so what possible grounds do they have for his imprisonment?

Oh cool. Our NZ brothers have their very own Clive Palmer to vote for. IE. A ****ing ******** with no place in politics other than to get his ugly mug in the papers, and try and change the law so he can make money.

Vlad Dudau said,
"The strongest argument against democracy is a five minute discussion with the average voter." Churchill ( supposedly )

Exactly. I've said it for years, the very problem with democracy is democracy itself. The majority don't know what or who they are voting for.

ultimatescar said,
Well I'd vote for him... even its for fun's sake.

Google Clive Palmer. It's only fun when you do it, but when every ****** has the same fun idea, he eventually gets some power.

Googled.. Pretty cool that he did this..
prompting him to give $10 million worth of Christmas bonuses to staff including 55 Mercedes-Benz B-Class cars and overseas holidays.
-- Src. Wikipidia.

count0nz said,
Googled.. Pretty cool that he did this..
prompting him to give $10 million worth of Christmas bonuses to staff including 55 Mercedes-Benz B-Class cars and overseas holidays.
-- Src. Wikipidia.

Na, he did that because he cares about his employees, not because he was joining politics.

well, atleast now he will start being generous toward politicians,
previously he forgot to buy an american congress(wo)man or two ...