Veteran activist Leung Kwok-hung's failed attempt to secure a seat in the Legco election has left his April 5th Action Group 'penniless' and will probably discourage him from standing in December's Hong Kong Island by-election. The group, of which Mr Leung is a leading member, donated $307,520 to his campaign for a seat in New Territories East in September. Although he failed to win, he secured more than 18,000 votes. Mr Leung is considering running for the Hong Kong Island seat left vacant by the resignation of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong's Gary Cheng Kai-nam. 'But it is so expensive to stand for election, and now the April 5th Action Group is dried up and penniless,' Mr Leung said. He will announce his final decision next week. Of the total of $379,884 he spent in the election, Mr Leung paid over $20,000 from his own pocket. In his election expenses declaration filed with the Registration and Electoral Office, he stated he had spent $9,566 on meals and $92 on laundry. He said his canvassing team of about 10 normally ate in fast food restaurants. 'The T-shirts I took to the laundrette had no Che Guevara images on them - they were my assistants' election publicity shirts,' Mr Leung added.