Bruce Haynes (consultant)

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Bruce Haynes
Education Bachelor's degree (1990)
Juris Doctor
Alma mater Furman University
Francis Marion University
University of South Carolina
Occupation Media consultant
Known for Managing partner at Purple Strategies

Bruce Haynes is an American media consultant. He is currently the managing partner at Purple Strategies, a bipartisan communications firm.

Early life[edit]

Bruce Haynes was born in Florence, South Carolina to Ann and Harold Haynes. He attended Furman University and earned a bachelor's degree from Francis Marion University in 1990. In 1992, while studying law at the University of South Carolina, Haynes was selected as an alternate delegate to the 1992 Republican National Convention.[1]


After graduating law school, Haynes started his career as staff counsel for former Governor of South Carolina Carroll A. Campbell, Jr.[1] He was next hired by South Carolina Representative Bob Inglis to serve as his chief of staff,[1][2] and later became Inglis' campaign manager during his 1998 U.S. Senate campaign against Ernest Hollings.[3]

Throughout the 2000s, Haynes worked as managing partner[4] and head of public affairs advertising for National Media Public Affairs, based in Alexandria, Virginia.[5] While at National Media Public Affairs, Haynes helped to develop advertisements for Freddie Mac.[6] Additionally, in 2003, Haynes and former Churchill Downs Incorporated vice president of public affairs, Frank Jemley, created the public relations and advertising company Jemley Public Affairs.[5]

In 2008, National Media Public Affairs merged with Issue & Image, a company founded by Steve McMahon and Mark Squier, to form the bipartisan communications firm Purple Strategies.[1][7] Haynes became the new firm's managing partner.[8] Purple Strategies is a headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia[9] and has worked with clients including BP,[10] Time Warner Cable,[8] the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, and the United States Chamber of Commerce.[10]

Other activities[edit]

In 2008, Haynes was hired as a media consultant to the Republican National Committee's presidential independent expenditure campaign.[11] Additionally, he is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, and serves on the Government Relations Committee of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the President's Advisory Council of Furman University.[12]

He is a guest political analyst for[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Tracy Bridges (11 March 2012). "Childhood friends from Florence make it big in D.C. politics". The Morning News. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  2. ^ John O'Connor (8 November 2009). "Legislature not likely to impeach Sanford". The State. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Check's return wanted from Inglis". The Augusta Chronicle. 1 November 1998. Retrieved 20 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Kimberly Maul (17 November 2008). "Breakfast and politics". PRWeek. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Former Churchill Downs VP opens public affairs firm". Business First of Louisville. 5 September 2003. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Freddie Mac Feathers Ad Campaign With an Egg". The Washington Post. 29 August 2005. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Jeffrey H. Birnbaum (25 March 1999). "Big Firms Gobble Up Lobbying Interests; Consolidation Is the Trend in Influence Industry". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "In Negotiations, Corporate Antagonism Goes Public". The New York Times. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  9. ^ "Van Hollen chief of Staff Leaving Hill". Roll Call. 15 February 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Washington PR firms cashing in on BP spill". The Washington Post. 4 June 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  11. ^ "Arena Profile". Politico. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Page Turner Blog". Arthur W. Page Blog. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2013.