In a year when Republicans need only seven seats to control the Minnesota House, a handful of vulnerable DFL lawmakers are benefiting from a network of out-of-state donors.

More than $55,000 in contributions from Florida to California have ended up in the coffers of at least six Democrats who are facing difficult re-elections this year.

Those six DFLers have something else in common: they voted in favor of same-sex marriage, in some cases even when the idea wasn’t all that popular with their constituents.

Much of the outside cash is coming from a network of wealthy donors organized by Gill Action, a national group based in Colorado that connects people with money to give to politicians who have supported LGBT issues.

Gill Action is taking its cues from local organizations that worked to defeat a 2012 constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriage and to support same-sex marriage legalization 2014.

Rep. Will Morgan, DFL- Burnsville, is among the beneficiaries of the Gill Action network, though he said he’s never met any of the group’s donors. This year, $9,750 of the $25,500 he’s raised came from people like tech executive John Barabino in Connecticut and New York philanthropist Jon Stryker.

Morgan won his district in 2012 by .8 percent, and the donations are designed to help him compete against GOP candidate Roz Peterson, who has raised about as much as Morgan.

But Morgan added he’s getting a lot of in-state backing as well.

“I feel really good about the local support I’m getting. My supporters don’t have a lot money, but they’re stepping up,” Morgan said.

Other candidates who have raised several thousand from Gill Action donors include Reps. Tim Faust of Hinckley, Jay McNamar of Elbow Lake, Yvonne Selcer of Minnetonka, Shannon Savick of Wells, and Roger Erickson of Baudette. In some cases, these candidates are in much better shape financially than their DFL peers or their opponents as a result of those donations.

Rep. Joe Radinovich, DFL- Crosby, won his district by 1.48 percent in 2011, and is considered a top GOP target this fall partly because of his support for same-sex marriage.

Last year, Gill Action donors sent Radinovich about $4,000. This year, he said he hasn’t received any major contributions from the network.

Still, Radinovich said he’s not concerned, given how much cash his campaign has raised over the last two years.

“I feel confident,” he said. “Our goal is to raise somewhere around $100,000.”

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson was back campaigning for governor today, eight days after emergency surgery to repair a perforation in his stomach.

Johnson, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, was hospitalized last week for six days. He was unable to make any public appearances while he recovered.

“I feel great, considering,” Johnson said. “It’s good to be back out and doing normal things again. I can’t run a marathon right now, but I can do pretty much anything I need to do.”

Johnson said doctors told him the hole in his stomach was likely caused by a combination of steroids and Ibuprofen that he was taking for a pinched nerve. He said he feels better every day and expects to be back to normal by next week. His schedule for the day included media interviews and county meetings.

Johnson is in a four-way GOP primary contest for governor on Aug. 12 with businessman Scott Honour, former state Rep. Marty Seifert and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers.

The four candidates are scheduled to appear together Wednesday at noon for a pre-primary debate on Minnesota Public Radio.

With only two weeks to go before a four-way primary between Republican candidates for governor, Orono businessman Scott Honour has the cash advantage.

Honour has raised about $1.16 million since the start of the year, and has about $542,000 in cash.

Most of his money is coming from out-of-state supporters, many who reside in California where Honour lived until recently.

Honour also loaned himself $500,000 earlier this month. That’s on top of the $300,000 the former investment banker has already given his campaign.

Meanwhile, Minnesota House Rep. Kurt Zellers has more than $145,000 in cash.

GOP endorsed candidate Jeff Johnson comes in third with more than $122,000 in cash. However, he also has the backing of Minnesota’s Republican party, which comes with office space, phone banks, volunteers and an additional fundraising structure. The party has more than $267,000 in its state fundraising to support Johnson in the lead-up to the primary.

Finally, Marty Seifert has $71,000 in the bank.

Gov. Mark Dayton has nearly as much cash on hand as all his potential opponents combined, with $847,000 to spend on the upcoming election.

Still, Dayton says his fundraising has been lackluster in part because he has no clear GOP opponent.

“Until I have an opponent, we can really start to draw a contrast between what that person advocates and what I do, it’s lagging a bit. Starting on Aug. 13, it will definitely reintensify,” Dayton said.

While Dayton may be disappointed with his fundraising, his supporters are in good financial shape compared to Republicans.

The Minnesota DFL has an additional $581,000 in the bank to help Dayton and other DFL candidates win their elections.

Dayton is also getting a boost from the Alliance for a Better Minnesota. The liberal organization, which is backed financially by an array of DFL donors and unions, has already spent nearly $33,700 targeting Dayton’s four potential opponents. The group plans to spend an additional $116,000 on an ad touting Dayton’s accomplishments during his first four years in office.

Meanwhile, a group called the Freedom Club has been helping the Republican candidates by running negative ads against Dayton. According to the group’s latest finance report, it has at least $455,600 in the bank and has spent more than $500,000 on advertising.

Tom Scheck contributed to this report.