Chris Keall at NBR writes:
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 24,168party 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 Dotcoom “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.
This is an under estimate.
Dotcom has said he put another $1 million into the Internet Party before it was registered. So $4.5 million divided by 6064 extra votes is a staggering $742 per vote.
I think the result is a great testament to the common sense of New Zealanders that they can’t be swayed by money alone. Money can help, but if the core proposition is rejected by New Zealanders, no amount of money can get people to support it. Not even $742 per vote!