Weathering The Covid Financial Storm Is Easier With Uncle Sam’s Umbrella, Right Ellie?

by Travis Mateer

I think about how lucky I am that my family isn’t being financially decimated by Covid policies. With two of my kids still unable to attend their school this week, I’m grateful their mother is able to stay with them at home instead of us having to find and pay for childcare.

Luck is NOT the way I would describe the financial assistance some people in Missoula were able to get for their small businesses earlier this year amidst lockdowns and economic uncertainty. No, that money was “first come, first serve”, so instead of “luck”, I’d say “timing” was a bigger factor in who got help.

While I’ve written about one politically-connected recipient of local Covid money, I failed to show the hand-written gratitude expressed by this state senator for the assistance she received for her business, Ellie Hill Smith Law Firm.

Well, today I’ll remedy this oversight by including an image from a public records request I made earlier this summer. Here is the screenshot of the last page of the Duplication of Benefits Report:

I’m glad a HUGE breath infusion of money helped this WOMAN-OWNED business, though I’m saddened that Ellie’s husband didn’t think of any virtue-signaling to include in his paperwork submission, like how he’s a cancer survivor, or how he likes to help young interns with their political ambitions.

Instead it’s just this:

Boring! I guess Tyler Smith didn’t get any pointers from his wife on how to virtue-signal. But, at the end of the day, as long as you get the money, it doesn’t really matter. And from what I currently know about this funding, they got the loot.

Here’s the breakdown for Senator Boldman:

Notice the whiteout? That’s because this lawyer/state senator/former non-profit executive director didn’t fill out the form with accurate numbers the first time, so she had to amend the paperwork.

What would our local, politically-connected business people do without their government connections insulating them from financial downturns?

I’m glad they don’t have to worry about that harsh reality because Uncle Sam knows how to take care of his own.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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4 Responses to Weathering The Covid Financial Storm Is Easier With Uncle Sam’s Umbrella, Right Ellie?

  1. Greg Strandberg says:

    Certainly one of the worst persons in MT politics. Whitney Williams donated to Ellie’s last legislative campaign. I think that says about all you need to know.

  2. TC says:

    Are you guys crazy!?! This was a Time Magazine “40 under 40”! This is person that Uber (that awesome, woke, gendered company) named the Montana Rider Zero! This a person that has the full and enthusiastic endorsement of Missoula’s beloved Mayor, John Engen! If you need more examples of her Glow, please refer to the “About” section at her website. This is Missoula’s finest we are talking about (regardless of what name she goes by this week)- we should genuflect and happily give 10s of thousands of public money to her and her important causes. Just consider the multiplier effect that given money has by association!

  3. I really wish I kept the Missoula Indy Social Justice Award she won year after year. I’m pretty sure I recall her bringing them by the Pov when I still worked there in case we wanted to display them.

  4. TC says:

    I know !!! She has been the Social Justice Winner/Warrior for 11 straight years! (Please disregard the push poll effect). This woman (of five names) has her finger on the pulse of Missoula. Hopefully the other 8/10ths on Montana will soon recognize the lightning Missoula caught in a bottle. If they dont they are just stupid MAGA Antivaxer Nazis!!!!
    Thank Spaghetti Monster Ellie fill in the blank will keep us safe ( but only if she can profit – its fair)

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