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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Mike Lee has amended a federal campaign report to show a donation from coal-mine magnate Bob Murray.

The Salt Lake Tribune said Wednesday Lee's campaign filed a new finance report with the Federal Election Commission to note an in-kind contribution from Murray for a $100 hotel stay and $1,500 in travel costs.

Deputy campaign manager Ryan McCoy said the team has been diligent about reporting in-kind donations but had missed the aid from Murray.

The filing came after the newspaper questioned why Lee hadn't paid for or disclosed an in-kind contribution for his share of a private flight in September from Salt Lake City to Emery County, where he touted a visit with miners.

Lee didn't note in his federal filing that he hitched a ride to the mine and back on Murray's private jet.

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