INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana is cancelling the public relations contract it signed after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act debacle.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation issued a statement Thursday saying in light of the state’s strong economic news it is canceling its contract with Porter Novelli.
I-E-D-C Executive Vice President Chris Cotterill says the initial guidance given by the firm will allow the state to redouble efforts to attract business and tourism through current initiatives.
The agency will pay Porter Novelli $365,000 from its existing marketing budget.
The contract itself created bad P-R for the Pence administration, which agreed to spend $750,000 on the initial phase of the contract. It was signed after events began pulling out of Indianapolis and the state amid accusations the new law legalized discrimination against gays and lesbians.
State Democratic Party Chairman John Zody says the cancellation raises more questions than it answers. He called on Pence to release the contract and the plan put together by the firm.