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NRCC chairman: Democrats 'more desperate than ever'

The head of the House Republican campaign arm is boasting that Democrats are "more desperate than ever" in their effort to win back the House because of a strong summer for the GOP. 

Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, touted strong fundraising by vulnerable Republicans, NRCC attack ads and solid recruitments in expressing confidence the GOP will retain control of the House. 

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The successes have kept "House Democrats on their toes this month," Walden wrote in a memo to his members shared exclusively with The Hill. 

In August, the committee launched 10 digital and television ads hitting nine top Democratic targets in a campaign that totaled $150,000.

Walden noted that many of the ads are tailor-made for each district, often featuring local residents and issues significant specifically to the area. 

The committee just launched a new ad targeting Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) for his vote for a Democratic-backed budget that included a carbon tax, charging that he's "become loyal to Washington, not West Virginia" and "betrayed us."

Other targets hit earlier this month include Reps. Rick Nolan (Minn.), Collin Peterson (Minn.), Mike McIntyre (N.C.), Patrick Murphy (Fla.), Bill Enyart (Ill.) and Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.), Brad Schneider (Ill.) and Joe Garcia (Fla.). 

Walden said the early ads are an indication of how aggressively the NRCC will work to keep the House Republican. 

"Overall, this national investment in races shows our strategy to soften up our targets early – and our commitment to digital efforts," he wrote.

Walden touted fundraising by the members of the NRCC's "Patriot Program," considered the most vulnerable Republican incumbents. Their fundraising on average outpaced Democrats' most vulnerable members in the second quarter of the year, with the GOP members bringing in an average of $430,223 to Democrats' $314,824, according to the memo.

The NRCC also outraised the DCCC in both June and, slightly, in July.

Walden touted as a recruiting success West Virginia state Sen. Evan Jenkins, who switched parties to challenge Rahall. 

He also highlighted the NRCC's "Project Grow" effort, launched to recruit more women, which has resulted in the candidacies of Martha McSally in Arizona, Darlene Senger in Illinois, Mimi Walters in California and Mia Love in Utah.

Walden warned, however, that Republican's can't afford to rest going into the fall — suggesting that if the committee doesn't stay on offense, control of the House could be in play.

With an uncertain political environment and President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) committed to winning back the House, "it is more important than ever we continue to stay on offense if we stand a chance at stopping ObamaCare, controlling run-away spending and preventing total Democrat control of Washington," he said.

The memo comes a day after the NRCC's Democratic counterpart released a video highlighting its efforts to hammer Republican targets back at home with attention-grabbing protests and demonstrations, as well as the trouble some GOP lawmakers faced from constituents at town halls.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokeswoman Emily Bittner pushed back against the idea that Republicans had a successful August in an email to The Hill.

“Greg Walden and the NRCC are fooling no one but themselves – House Republicans are suffering through a miserable August as their constituents are angry about the failures of this Republican Congress.  If House Republicans believe their shutdown-obstruction agenda is the path to victory, they’ll be surprised in November 2014," she said.

--This piece was updated to reflect comment from the DCCC.