From the Morning Memo:

In the news business, reporters often brace themselves on the day before a holiday or the Friday before a long weekend: What bad news could be announced today, buried under the focus of holiday tidings?

On Tuesday, NY1’s Zack Fink reported the commission determining the specifics of New York’s system of publicly financed campaigns will release its recommendations on the day before Thanksgiving, one of the busiest travel days of the year, maybe coincidentally, a popular day to go to a local bar.

But supporters of changes to New York’s campaign finance laws are laughing at what has been a tried-and-true strategy, if not a little bygone in an era of 24-hour news.

Fair Elections New York, a coalition of good-government and advocacy groups in a statement said there should not be a rush to release the recommendations, which would become law unless lawmakers act by the end of the year.

“While yesterday’s working session showed the Commission is making real progress, they must build in time for the public and campaign finance experts to respond to actual, concrete proposals before they become law to ensure they are workable proposals rather than a backroom ‘big ugly.’ Anything less will raise serious concerns about the Commission’s process and cloud the results of their hard work,” the group said in a statement.

The commission met this week on a state holiday, Columbus Day, to further discuss issues stemming from public financing, including lowering contribution rates. Swirling around the discussion has also been potential alterations to fusion voting, the process of allowing a candidate to run on multiple ballot lines.

Fair Elections New York has pushed for an early release of the recommendations before the deadline for lawmakers.

“We teach students to do first drafts before handing in final reports,” the group said.

“The legislative process has built in committee review for draft legislation. The state Constitution requires that all bills ‘age’ for three days before they can be considered for a vote. News reports suggest the Public Financing Commission is set to release its only report to the public in a Thanksgiving news dump. This adds even more urgency to the need for an interim report that the public and experts can respond to. Will there be an interim draft bill or not?”