FEC shuts down campaign of Johnny Isakson’s GOP primary foe

Republican Derrick Grayson is shown in Decatur during his 2014 U.S. Senate campaign. (AJC/Hyosub Shin)

Republican Derrick Grayson is shown in Decatur during his 2014 U.S. Senate campaign. (AJC/Hyosub Shin)

WASHINGTON — The Federal Election Commission has “terminated” the campaign account of Derrick Grayson, the Stone Mountain minister and MARTA engineer who is running a Republican primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson.

In a letter to Grayson’s campaign treasurer this month, an FEC staffer said Grayson’s failure to file campaign finance reports means the FEC is shuttering the account. If Grayson wishes to refile his candidacy, he may do so, but he has not filed a shred of paper to the FEC since May 2014 — shortly before Grayson garnered 1 percent of the vote in a seven-way Republican U.S. Senate primary.

That filing showed Grayson with about $2,500 cash on hand. His poor performance in a primary eventually won by David Perdue did not stop The Minister of Truth. Grayson continued an active social media presence, with libertarian-leaning positions and support for Rand Paul’s presidential campaign.

In January he announced an “exploratory committee” to run for U.S. Senate. He made it official in an August speech. Since then he’s been seeking campaign donations and making appearances as a candidate, such as an appearance last week before Georgia Carry’s South Metro chapter.

graysoninviteIn order to not run afoul of the law, Grayson must register his candidacy and report his fundraising and spending quarterly — if he raises or spends $5,000. FEC enforcement is notoriously lax, though, and the Isakson campaign has not filed a complaint against Grayson, perhaps believing it is better to ignore him. (Team Isakson’s biggest concern remains being outflanked on the right.)

Grayson’s tagline is “100% of the Constitution, 100% of the time” and he was known for his booming delivery and relentless focus on the founding document during his 2014 campaign. Also, he does a solid Jimi Hendrix routine and talks openly about serving time in prison.

Isakson’s other semi-declared opponents are a pair of Libertarians: Ted Metz and Allen Buckley. We’re still waiting on a Democrat, after Rev. Raphael Warnock didn’t work out.


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