State agency details work PR firm did following religious objections fallout

INDIANAPOLIS (AP): A global public relations firm started a crisis-monitoring service and suggested the state sponsor a photo essay in a gay pride magazine following last year’s national uproar over the religious objections law.

Those are among the topics The Indianapolis Star reports were discussed in 1,100 pages of documents released by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. That followed a public records request regarding Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to hire New York-based Porter Novelli last spring, then fire the firm in July.

The state agency’s release includes hundreds of partially or completely redacted pages and withheld 285 pages regarding Porter Novelli’s work for which the firm charged $365,000.

Agency attorney Chris Cotterill says the withheld records included state marketing plans and trade secrets.


  1. How does a state have so called trade secrets. That’s such BS. In fact, since the whole thing has nothing to do with national security, why is it even allowed to be redacted at all.


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