Hillary Clinton makes a closed-door debut in Atlanta this morning

Hillary Clinton’s fundraising trip to Atlanta today takes her to the Buckhead estate of A.J. Johnson, the founding partner of the Georgetown Capital private equity firm and a member of the Points of Light board.

The closed-door visit, the first to Georgia of her campaign, is only a brief blip on the Democratic front-runner’s schedule. After the breakfast event, she’ll head to Florida and Texas for roundtable meetings and more fundraisers.

According to an invite we've seen, $2,700 -- the FEC maximum donation per election per candidate -- gets you in the door. Those who raise $27,000 are considered event "co-hosts" and inducted into the "Hillstarters" program. Friends who bring in $50,000 are event "hosts" and become "Hillraisers."

It comes after her first visit to South Carolina, the site of a humbling loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign, this cycle.

The Georgia GOP has already rolled out the welcome mat for her. John Padgett, the party’s newly re-elected chairman, said the Democrat’s priorities are misplaced:

“Instead of talking this opportunity to meet with Georgia voters, listen to their concerns, and set the record straight about her tenure in public office, Clinton continues to choose cash-flush donors instead of hard working Georgians.”

In addition, two organizations tied to the conservative billionaire Koch Brothers are trying to use Clinton’s arrival in the home of Delta Air Lines to hit her for her support of the Export-Import Bank. Delta wants to kill it, saying the U.S. government unfairly subsidizes its international competitors.

Asks a press release from Freedom Partners: “How will she explain her support for a corporate welfare program that subsidizes Delta’s foreign competition and costs U.S. airline jobs?”

Our WSB-TV pal Lori Geary was outside Johnson's house this morning. Here's what she saw:

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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