A Republican candidate for US Congress from Illinois has denied that the Holocaust ever occurred, regional newspaper the Oaklawn Patch reported on Wednesday.“As far as I’m concerned, the Holocaust is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews,” Arthur Jones, 64, was quoted by the Patch as saying. Jones, an insurance salesman from Lyons, Illinois, is a Republican candidate seeking to run against Democratic Congressman Dan Lipinski in Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District. According to the regional newspaper, Jones referred to the Holocaust as "the blackest lie in history. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV. The more survivors, the more lies that are told." Jones also organizes neo-Nazi events commemorating Adolf Hitler's birthday, according to the Patch.The district which Jones hopes to represent comprises parts of Chicago's south side and and a number of the city's southern suburbs. He has previously made two losing congressional runs. Jones was quoted by the Patch as saying that he hopes to unseat Lipinski because of what he describes as the Democratic congressman's strange affiliation to the pro-Israel lobby AIPAC."[AIPAC] was bragging on their website how [Lipinski] is ‘spearheading’ the effort in the House of Representatives with a Jewish congressman from Virginia named Frank Wolf,” Jones said. “The two are spearheading an effort in the House to get tough with Iran, including closing off any oil exports to China that could lead to World War III.” While Jones said Wolf was Jewish, he is Presbyterian.“I’m the only guy in the state of Illinois against the Israeli lobby,” Jones said in a radio interview, according to CBS.The CBS report added that despite collecting over 1,000 signatures to be put on the ballot, the Illinois Republican party has refused to do so because of his views.“I didn’t know believing in the Holocaust became a requirement for public office,” CBS quoted Jones as saying.