Students for Life Action v. Jackley

The Liberty Justice Center filed a federal lawsuit challenging South Dakota’s law forcing non-profits to disclose donors on behalf of Students for Life Action, a nonprofit in the state.

Americans have the right to free speech—and that includes the right not to speak if you don’t want to. But if a nonprofit group in South Dakota wants to speak out about a public official, a candidate for office, or a political party, the law forces the organization to also say something else: it must disclose its top five donors, in all its communications, with the public.

Forcing these groups to disclose their donors not only violates their First Amendment right to choose what they will and won’t say; it also exposes their donors to “cancel culture” attacks for the causes they support. And it forces an organization’s donors to be publicly associated with the group’s communications, even if the donor had nothing to do with them and gave money to the group for other reasons.

The Liberty Justice Center has filed a federal lawsuit challenging South Dakota’s law on behalf of Students for Life Action, a nonprofit with a chapter in South Dakota. Students for Life Action advocates for candidates, policy change, and legal action that supports the organization’s pro-life mission. Should they choose to engage in advocacy during election cycles, Students for Life Action is forced to disclose its top five donors in all its advertisements, exposing those donors to the dangers of cancel culture. Students for Life Action is concerned that this exposure will discourage people from giving money to their organization and threaten their organization’s overall mission.

Americans should be free to give to organizations they support privately. And organizations that speak out about issues should be allowed to say what they want—not forced to say what the government wants them to say. That is why the Liberty Justice Center is asking the courts to strike down South Dakota’s law.


Jacob Huebert

Jacob Huebert

Jacob Huebert serves as the president of the Liberty Justice Center. He previously served as the Liberty Justice Center’s Director of Litigation. In that role, he successfully litigated cases to protect economic liberty, free speech and other constitutional rights. Jacob and his work have appeared in numerous national media outlets, including the Wall Street JournalNew York Times and Fox News Channel.

Noelle Daniel

Noelle Daniel

Noelle Daniel is a staff attorney at Liberty Justice Center where she assists in cases to protect the rights to free speech, economic liberty, private property, and other Constitutional rights in courts across the country.

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The Center Square
June 6, 2023

(The Center Square)—Students for Life is suing South Dakota over a law requiring nonprofits that express their political views to name their top five donors. The organization said in a federal lawsuit the law violates their First Amendment right to free speech. The law applies to expenditures over $100. Organizations...

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June 5, 2023



Students for Life Action v. Jackley


June 5, 2023


United States District Court for the District of South Dakota




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