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Adviser to controversial FERC nominee was once a controversial nominee himself

Michael Meehan, president of a Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm and a known partisan scrapper in D.C. circles, understands the difficulty of getting confirmed by the Senate for a presidentially appointed position. It took the skilled Democratic operative more than two years to overcome Republican opposition and secure Senate approval for a seat on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. It's also why Meehan, president of VennSquared Communications, didn't hesitate when he was called upon to serve as an adviser to one of President Obama's most controversial energy picks, Ron Binz, to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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