Kim Dotcom's New Zealand political party teams up

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Associated Press

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Updated Monday, May 26 at 11:34 PM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The political party launched in New Zealand by indicted Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is joining forces with another small party that advocates for the nation's indigenous Maori.

The Internet Party and the Mana Party on Tuesday announced a new party — called Internet Mana — saying the alliance will enhance their chances in September's general election.

Dotcom, who was born in Germany, is not eligible to run because he's not a New Zealand citizen. Records show he has donated 250,000 New Zealand dollars ($214,000) to the party.

U.S. prosecutors accuse Dotcom of facilitating massive Internet piracy on his now-shuttered website Megaupload. Dotcom is fighting U.S. attempts to extradite him.

He says he's not responsible for those who used the site to illegally download songs and movies.

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