Records obtained from Indiana Governor Mike Pence's office regarding the hiring and firing of a global public relations firm after RFRA became law raise more questions than answers.
A photo essay in a gay pride magazine. A crisis monitoring service called the “Radar.” References to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act scrubbed from press releases.
These are among the topics discussed in 1,100 pages of records released this week by Gov. Mike Pence's economic development agency in response to a request from IndyStar. The request — made nearly eight months ago — sought records related to Pence’s decision to hire and then abruptly terminate global public relations firm Porter Novelli in the wake of last year’s RFRA firestorm.
Despite their breadth, the heavily redacted documents reveal little about what the state received in exchange for the $365,000 it paid the firm — or why Pence ended the contract prematurely.