Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean was the first Democrat in the race, filing papers with the Federal Election Commission on May 31, 2002. He gained momentum when he led the Democrats in fund raising through most of 2003. He was the front-runner going into the Iowa caucuses but the race tightened days before the January 19, 2004, contest. Dean's campaign never recovered from his third-place finish in Iowa. A day after finishing third in the February 17 Wisconsin primary, Dean ended his campaign, saying he was "no longer actively pursuing the presidency." Read full candidate profile >
The Democratic primary candidates have raised millions since officially filing
their campaigns with the FEC, but all fall short of matching President
Bush's hefty campaign chest. Click on the images to the right for more
details on how much each candidate has raised, spent and owes.