Dean Campaign Still Making Money

Howard Dean's (search) presidential campaign is still making money, even though the former Vermont governor dropped his bid for the White House in February.

The campaign received $626,615 in contributions last month, according to a filing this week with the Federal Election Commission (search). His campaign had $2 million in the bank and owed $1.2 million at the end of March, and was owed $67,266.

Dean's staff spent much of March closing down the campaign and starting work on his new grass-roots group, Democracy for America.

His expenditures included $202,352 to his polling firm, Fairbanks, Maslin Maulin; and $156,359 to Trippi, McMahon and Squier, the Virginia-based firm run by Dean's former campaign manager, Joe Trippi. The money was used to reimburse the firm for television advertisements it bought for the campaign.

The campaign also paid $28,000 to The Dean Team, a separate consulting entity set up by and housed in the same offices as Trippi's firm. The campaign paid $140,984 to the Syntech Goup, a Virginia-based company that processes campaign contributions and helps campaigns prepare FEC reports.

The campaign also returned $57,653 to contributors who asked for their money back.