Mega politics

Kim Dotcom wants to take his Internet Party to the U.S.

Controversial internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is getting ready to take his political ambitions to stateside. Dotcom announced on Twitter Monday that his Internet Party is going to launch in the United States in 2015:

Dotcom added that the party will be run and financed by U.S. citizens, and that he would only “help with public relations.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Dotcom has dabbled in politics. The former executive of the now-defunct Megaupload storage service helped to launch New Zealand’s Internet Party in early 2014.

Being a German citizen, Dotcom couldn’t run for office in New Zealand himself, but he helped to finance the party’s election campaign by donating a reported $3 million. The party tried to push a pro-broadband and anti-surveillance agenda — but in the end, that wasn’t enough, and it failed to gain the five percent of votes necessary to gain seats in New Zealand’s parliament. At the time, Dotcom said that his brand “was poison” and doomed the party’s efforts.

Still, don’t expect Dotcom to pass out flyers in front of your local supermarket any time soon: The U.S. government is trying to extradite Dotcom to have him face trial in the U.S. for criminal copyright infringement. An extradiction hearing is planned for February, and any travel to the States would almost certainly lead to Dotcom’s immediate arrest.