SANTA-FE, NM – The Federal Court of Appeals has rejected a constitutional complaint by the Cowboys Support Group for Trump and co-founder Cui Griffin against New Mexico’s election law and the requirement to register political groups.
In a written order received on Wednesday, the 10th U.S. District Court of Appeals in Denver refused to overturn a lower court ruling that upheld demands for state registration of “Cowboys for Trump” as a political organization.
Griffin, a Republican district commissioner from Tularosa in southern New Mexico, sued New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in 2020 in response to increased pressure on Cowboys to get Trump to register as a political committee in New Mexico, and pledged Griffins, which may lead to other disclosure requirements for contributions and expenses.
Timofey Tymkovich, the chief judge of the 10th district, referred to several shortcomings in Griffin’s court appeal, but refused to overturn the lower court’s dismissal.
On Wednesday, Griffin said the court’s latest decision was unfair and that he was discussing how to respond with his attorney, Sidney Powell, a former attorney for Trump’s re-election campaign.
“This is a difficult and unfair decision, because all I tried to do was support Trump and defend our freedoms,” Griffin said in a text message.
In June 2020, an arbitration award was announced by the Secretary of State’s office, according to which Cowboys for Trump will register, file expense and contribution reports and pay a $ 7,800 fine.
In 2019, Griffin created a group of rodeo acquaintances in an ad group called Cowboys for Trump, which organized equestrian parades to spread President Donald Trump’s conservative message on gun rights, immigration controls and restrictions on abortion.
Separately, Griffin faces criminal charges for the January 6 uprising in the U.S. Capitol, where he appeared on an open terrace and tried to lead a crowd in prayer.
Griffin denies allegations that he knowingly entered barricaded areas of the Capitol in order to overthrow the government when Congress considered the results of the 2020 Electoral College, although he openly attributed unfounded allegations of rigging in the 2020 election.
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