The Federal Election Commission must decide between differing recommendations from its legal and auditing staffs on whether to grant federal matching funds to political extremist Lyndon LaRouche, who is currently on trial in federal court on a charge relating to alleged irregularity in his 1984 presidential campaign.

A survey by the FEC's audit staff found that several people whose checks ended up in LaRouche's 1988 presidential coffers did not intend to contribute to his campaign.That was the response of 6 percent of the 713 LaRouche contributors who answered the FEC's survey.

The audit staff recommended the commission find that LaRouche is not eligible for matching funds.

But the FEC's legal staff came up with the opposite recommendation, stating that the "patent irregularities indicated by the survey results do not justify an unfavorable eligibility report."