Campaign records fail to show who paid for a lavish “election watch party” hosted by North Lauderdale Commissioner Regina Martin in November 2020. Martin held the party at the Grand Palace Ballroom located in a North Lauderdale strip mall. State of Florida corporate records show the Grand Palace Ballroom is owned and operated by Dorothy Borgelin, wife of North Lauderdale Commissioner Samson Borgelin.

Regina Martin’s final campaign treasurer’s report (termination report) was filed in late January. There was no listing of any payment to Grand Palace Ballroom or Dorothy Borgelin. There is no listing for any “in-kind contribution” from Grand Palace Ballroom or Dorothy Borgelin.

Regina Martin filed two amended termination reports in February and April 2021.

The report filed on April 18, 2021 shows a $99 expenditure to Visionary Events and Designs LLC for “catering for victory party” on November 6, 2020. State records show Visionary Events and Designs is owned by Margarette Prosper. But still no listing for Grand Palace Ballroom or Dorothy Borgelin.

There is no listing for either Grand Palace Borgelin on the amended report filed on February 1, 2021 by Martin. However it does show a November 6, 2020 cash withdrawal of $700 for “campaign expense.” This was same date Regina Martin paid for the catering. On November 23, 2020 Martin lists another cash withdrawal for “campaign expense.” Again, no payments or in-kind contributions to Grand Palace Ballroom or Dorothy Borgelin.

Did Regina Martin pay cash for her election watch party?

Earlier this month, REDBROWARD revealed Tamarac Commissioner Marlon Bolton and Commissioner Samson Borgelin attended the election watch party.

REDBROWARD just received more video and photographs showing deep ties between Regina Martin, Marlon Bolton, Samson Borgelin, Tamarac Vice Mayor Elvin Villalobos and Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness.

Didn’t any of these seasoned politicians tell Regina Martin not to pay “campaign expenses” with cash?

Dorothy Borgelin is no stranger to politics. Earlier this week, REDBROWARD revealed Mrs. Borgelin urged the North Lauderdale Commission to hire Anthony Bonamy as deputy city clerk. Borgelin spoke after Marlon Bolton at the November 19, 2020 meeting. Bonamy was fired this week after REDBROWARD exposed his political ties to Marlon Bolton.

Dorothy Borgelin is the vice chair of the Broward Haitian-American Democrat club.

What the heck is going on in North Lauderdale and Tamarac?

Published by Tom Lauder

Covering South Florida Politics Since 2010...As Seen On: POLITICO, The Huffington Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Miami Herald, WPLG LOCAL 10 (ABC MIAMI), The New Times

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