Republican U.S. senate candidate and Holocaust denier Patrick Little has filed paperwork with the California Secretary of State that lists his address as an apartment located in a student housing complex owned by UC Berkeley.
The address under file with the Secretary of State is in the city of Albany, which is just north of the city of Berkeley and where the university owns an apartment complex called University Village.
A spokesperson at Berkeley says that no person named Patrick Little is currently enrolled at Berkeley, nor has anyone ever been enrolled at the university who has that name. The spokesperson could not identify the person who lives at the Berkeley-owned apartment associated with Little’s campaign. Little’s Twitter account says that he lives in Albany, CA. He was thrown off the social media site on April 29 over his denial of the Holocaust and wrote that “Hitler saved more jewish lives than any man in history.”
His campaign slogan is: “Liberate the U.S. from the Jewish Oligarchy.”
If he doesn’t live there, then who does? And what’s his connection to Berkeley? “We didn’t find any name matching that name either now or in the past,” says university spokeswoman Janet Gilmore, who added, “I can’t talk about who may or may not live there because of state privacy laws.”
Gilmore sent along information about who may qualify to live in the University Village complex: full-time graduate or undergraduate university students, and their families.
Little, who is married, jumped from obscurity into the national news this week when it was revealed, in Newsweek, that he is the top-running Republican candidate in the race to unseat Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
With no apparent campaign staff or apparatus to speak of, he came in with 18 percent support in a recent statewide poll, and was number two after Feinstein. If the polling numbers hold and are reflected in the primary vote on June 5, Little would face Feinstein in the general election in November.
An assistant city manager at the city of Albany declined to comment on the specter of a Holocaust denying anti-Semite in their midst. “We’re not going to comment on this,” says Assistant City Manager Isabelle Leduc. “We really don’t know where that person lives.”
A spokesman at the Federal Election Commission says that candidates for higher office don’t have to reveal their home addresses, and only need to provide a mailing address to the FEC.
“The FEC has no jurisdiction over any residency requirements (i.e. a candidate running from a particular state or Congressional district within a state),” says Myles Martin, public affairs specialist at the commission. “The Statement of Candidacy that a candidate files with the [FEC] requires that a candidate provide a ‘mailing address,’ but this need not be their actual residence address.”
Little has not filed a Statement of Candidacy, or any other disclosure reports with the FEC, says Martin. He may not need to. The FEC only requires financial disclosures from candidates who haven’t eclipsed a $5,000 threshold in contributions, or expenditures related to the campaign.
The FEC has assigned a candidate ID to him, says Martin, which it may do if a candidate “is qualified for the ballot in a state but has not filed a Statement of Candidacy with the FEC.”
Little has said that he’s told his supporters to not contribute any money to his campaign, given that those contributions, and who made them, could be subject to public scrutiny.
The Maine native’s blatant anti-Semitism is fully on display on his campaign platform. Among other promises, the former U.S. Marine says he’ll “introduce a bill to the U.S. Senate making it illegal to raise funds for any foundation related to the perpetuating of propaganda related to a ‘holocaust’, formally making US’s stance on the holocaust to be that it is a Jewish war atrocity propaganda hoax that never happened.”