Roy Moore ahead in polls while facing new criticism about compensation from legal charity

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore during speaks during his election party, Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. Moore won the Alabama Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating an appointed incumbent, Sen. Luther Strange, backed by President Donald Trump and allies of Sen. Mitch McConnell. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Republican Nominee Roy Moore maintains the lead in a new poll on Alabama’s Senate race.

The poll conducted by Cygnal shows Moore eight points ahead of Democrat Nominee Doug Jones.

While Moore maintains the lead, he faces new criticisms over compensation from his charity, the Foundation for Moral Law.

Roy Moore was not available to talk to us today about the new information about his charity, but ABC 33/40 did spent hours talking with voters.

Cheryl Floyd is one who plans to vote for Roy Moore.

Floyd was familiar with a new report that shows Moore had a deal with his legal charity to make $180,000 a year as salary.

The associated press reviewed property, charity and tax records, which also showed the charity couldn't afford that salary and Moore was given a $540,000 mortgage on the charity's building.

“Drawing a salary or taking funds from the nonprofit is a common practice so that really doesn't bother me,” said Floyd.

Floyd’s vote won’t change.

“I don't think taking money from a nonprofit is probably going to change anyone's mind,” said Floyd.

A similar stance from Skip Deupree, who also plans to vote for Moore.

“He's conservative,” said Deupree. “He's republican....I'm not saying it's okay. I'm just saying other people have gotten away with it and done it before such as the Clintons.”

But Doug Jones and his supporters criticize Moore's actions.

“This was all about a personal agenda,” Jones told ABC 33/40. “It was nothing about the people of the state of Alabama and I think folks will see that and respond to it.”

Jones hopes voters take a deeper look at the issues.

“I think people who have seen our records and compared our records, I think it's going to be important to a number of people, but we are also focused on making sure people focus on the issues,” said Jones.

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