Steve Bartlett, the longtime president and chief executive officer of the Financial Services Roundtable, has landed at Levick, a communications firm that has represented clients ranging from Rosie O’Donnell to the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Bartlett, a 65-year-old Texan, presided over the Roundtable, a lobbying powerhouse of the country’s largest banks and insurance firms, for more than 12 years. His time included policy battles over tax rates, federal housing policy and programs to reduce foreclosures, and tougher bank regulations following the financial crisis. In 2010, Bartlett earned $1.8 million as Roundtable CEO, according to the trade group’s tax records.
Bartlett may register as a lobbyist at Levick, but most of his projects won’t involve lobbying Congress or federal agencies, Levick officials said.
Instead, Bartlett will provide advice to clients navigating the world of Washington and difficult public-relations crises.
If Levick’s history is a guide, Bartlett could see clients ranging from Liechtenstein which the firm helped fight accusations in a Senate report that its royal bank, LGT Group, aided U.S. clients who wanted to hide assets and evade, to O’Donnell the actor and comedian who formerly co-hosted ABC Television’s “The View.”
Bartlett served in the House of Representatives for four terms before joining the Roundtable in 1999. He left Congress in 1991 to serve one term as mayor of Dallas.