Conservatives on and off Capitol Hill are pointing to a new study
released today in their fight to derail the Employee Free Choice Act
Produced by Dr. Anne Layne-Farrar, an economist with LECG Consulting, the study asserts
that EFCA would cause the U.S. to shed 600,000 jobs in the second year after the bill's enactment, as a consequence of increased union membership. Sounds scary -- but what's scarier still is who paid for the study
: the Alliance to Save Main Street Jobs, a front for the business lobby's heaviest lobbying hitters.
Its members include the Retail Industry Leaders Association, the HR Policy Association
, American Hotel and Lodging Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Real Estate Roundtable. The same group paid for another
ostensibly independent take-down of EFCA last month, written by University of Chicago law school professor Richard Epstein.