James P. Moran, Alexandria's mayor-elect, received $50,970 in campaign contributions for his successful bid to unseat Mayor Charles E. Beatley in the May 7 elections, a record for the city.

Moran's total was more than four times the amount that Beatley raised, excluding the money Beatley contributed to himself.

The three top contributors to Moran's campaign were two union political action committees, the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades and the Ironworkers Political Action League, which donated $1,000 each, and an Alexandria couple, Hubert and Peggy Hoffman, who also contributed $1,000.

Most of the rest came from local businesses, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday with the Circuit Court clerk's office.

"I guess there were some people willing to put their money where their political commitment is," Moran said yesterday, adding that he had been turning away money in the final days of the race.

Moran, a former Democrat who ran as an independent and will take office July 1, entered the race after a special grand jury investigating allegations of misconduct in the city police department castigated some city officials for their handling of the issue in its final report last February.

Beatley's campaign got $21,618.66, with $8,988.80, or more than one third, contributed by the former mayor himself. Beatley could not be reached for comment.

The winning City Council candidates reported these contributions: Democratic Vice Mayor Patricia S. Ticer, $23,266.64; Republican Carlyle C. Ring, $21,288.50; Republican Margaret B. Inman, $17,899.09; Democrat Del Pepper, $15,582.57, and Democrat Lionel Hope, $10,679.52.

Republican Robert L. Calhoun had not filed his report by the time the clerk's office closed yesterday, but an aide said Calhoun had raised $21,278.46.

Incumbent Democrat Donald C. Casey, who lost his bid for reelection, reported raising $9,437.55.