Kim Dotcom is offering to
pay the salaries of his Internet Party candidates in the run-up
to the election.
The multi-millionaire internet mogul has posted an advert in
newspapers today, headlined: Prime Minister Wanted.
He outlines what he expects from successful candidates to
join his fledging political party.
And in some Tweets posted this morning, the Megaupload
founder revealed that his candidates will "earn the salary of
an MP immediately".
"Only the #InternetParty pays its candidates an MP salary
before they are even elected. Like to join?" Dotcom wrote on
Twitter this morning.
He said he wants to attract "top leadership talent".
In the advertisement, he says successful candidates will be
required to "recognise New Zealand as a nation with an
economy, not merely a trading room".
Dotcom goes on to say his candidates will need to "empower
all citizens - not just spy agencies", and to "stop selling
our stuff in general".
The deadline for applications is May 14.
Dotcom was arrested in January 2012 after a controversial
raid on his Auckland mansion by New Zealand police working
with the FBI.
The American authorities accuse him of criminal copyright
infringement in relation to his Megaupload website.
Dotcom denies the charges and is fighting the attempt to
extradite him to the United States.
- By Kurt Bayer of