General Electric [...] and Sprint Nextel [..] joined the exodus of companies from the American Legislative Exchange Council following the group’s support of voter-identification and self-defense laws.
Reason #1 that it's interesting? Well, didja ever try walking into the annual shareholders' meeting at GE and voting shares without actually HAVING those shares (or the proxies?) Try it sometime. See how that works for you. GE believes in voter ID for GE, but not for thee....
In other words, GE and Sprint/Nextel would "help" legislators keep competitors out of the way.
So is this good news or bad news?