Public records requests for Mike Pence emails require firm to be hired for $100,000

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana is paying $100,000 to a law firm for help dealing with an “unusually high” number of public records requests, most of which seek emails from Vice President Mike Pence’s tenure as governor.

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office entered a one-year contract last month with the firm McNeely Stephenson.

More than 50 records requests are pending before Holcomb’s administration. Many are for emails routed through a private email address Pence used to conduct state business.

The requests are from private citizens, law firms, political parties and news organizations, including The Associated Press.

Pence hired a firm to review his emails. Thirteen boxes have been turned over so far.

The vice president’s spokesman, Marc Lotter, says Pence’s emails are being preserved “in full compliance with the law.”