Was this the most expensive election loss for an individual in our history?
The big man has managed to win at least one Election 2014 race, spending a record amount of money for every vote gained by the party he founded.
In 2011, the stony-broke Mana received 24,168 party votes, or 1.08% of the total.
Last night, the expanded Internet Mana got 26,539 (1.26%) and Hone Harawira lost his seat.
Not much of a return for the $3.5 million Kim Dotcom “invested” (his word) in the Internet Party.
There are still 293,130 special votes (12.2% of total votes) to be counted.
Let’s assume Internet Mana wins 1.26% of those.
That would take its 2014 tally to 30,232 or 6064 more than 2014.
That means Dotcom paid $577 for each of those new votes. . .
No party could run a successful campaign without adequate funding but you need a lot more than lots of money to win an election.