Political extremist Lyndon H. LaRouche Jr., convicted last year of participating in a fraudulent

$25 million fund-raising scheme, has collected more than $200,000 in a jail-house campaign for Congress and has paid almost $100,000 to a business with which he has ties.

LaRouche, who is serving a 15-year sentence for mail fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy, is running as an independent against Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf, who represents Virginia's 10th District. According to records filed with the Federal Election Commission, the "LaRouche for Justice" campaign raised $221,318 between July 1, 1989, and March 31 of this year.

Records also show that Alexandria Mayor James P. Moran Jr. (D) is building a strong financial base for his challenge to Rep. Stan Parris (R) in Northern Virginia's 8th Congressional District.

LaRouche's records show that as of March 31 he had spent all but about $8,000 of the money he had raised. About $99,088 was paid to PMR Printing Co. Inc. in Sterling for producing fliers and brochures. PMR was one of about 10 businesses that were connected to LaRouche's political network before he went to jail.

LaRouche and several associates were convicted last year of defrauding dozens of people who responded to fund-raising appeals for his political network. Prosecutors argued that LaRouche and his followers persuaded many people to make "loans" to LaRouche organizations with no intention of paying back the money.

Many of those who lost money to LaRouche were retired people, and some are now seeking to recover part of their losses in court. FEC records show that a sizable number of the donors to LaRouche's campaign are retirees.

LaRouche is a former resident of Loudoun County, which along with Arlington County, northern Fairfax County, Falls Church and Fairfax City comprises Virginia's 10th District. Under federal law, LaRouche cannot vote because he is a convicted felon. But the law allows him to run for office and does not require that he live in the district he hopes to represent.

LaRouche is being held in federal prison in Rochester, Minn. LaRouche campaign officials could not be reached for comment.

Wolf, a strong favorite to win reelection, has raised about $158,000 since Jan. 1, according to FEC records, and has about $143,000 in the bank. Democratic candidate MacKenzie Canter III had not filed a campaign finance disclosure yesterday.

Moran campaign officials said yesterday he has raised about $280,000 since entering the race this year, and has about $150,000 in the bank. Parris has raised about $223,000 since Jan. 1, and had some money left over from previous races, according to campaign aides. Parris has about $233,000 on hand.

Political analysts say the Parris-Moran race is shaping up to be the most competitive race in Virginia this fall, and Moran's financial pace reinforced that assessment. Howard Schloss, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said that among all non-incumbent Democrats seeking House seats, Moran is one of the top five fund-raisers.

Parris is regarded as one of Virginia's most formidable fund-raisers, and in past campaigns he has vastly outspent his opponents. He is expected to take in more money than Moran this year, but Moran is expected to become the first of Parris's opponents to purchase television advertising time, a crucial but expensive means of reaching voters.

Randy Hinaman, Parris's campaign manager, said that Parris also expects to raise about $1 million, but that "we will not be outspent" by Moran. He also raised questions about several contributions Moran has received from organized labor groups, saying they show that "where {Moran} is coming from philosophically is not necessarily good in the 8th District."