Block Clabes, LLC
Government Affairs - Public Policy - Media Relations

Joe Clabes is Founder and President of Alliand Equine, managing a wide range of Thoroughbred investment partnerships, from breeding to racing.

Prior to establishing Alliand Equine, Joe served as Director of Industry Relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.  His primary responsibility was managing the NTRA’s Legislative Action Campaign, a soft money fund supporting Federal lobbying and issue advocacy on behalf of the $30 billion Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry.  He represented the NTRA for Thoroughbred consigners, owners, and buyers at public auctions held by Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton, Ocala Breeders’ Sales and Barrett’s auction companies.

Joe previously served on the Washington, DC staff of U.S. Rep. Ken Lucas (KY-4) for five years.  While simultaneously holding the position of Press Secretary and Senior Legislative Assistant, Joe acted as chief spokesperson for Lucas’ Congressional office and assisted Lucas with his work as a member of the House Financial Services Committee.  Among the more notable legislation he worked on; The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, which provided for oversight of public companies to prevent fraud, and The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which strengthened Bankruptcy laws by limiting frivolous filings.  He also aided Rep. Lucas’ numerous efforts to provide meaningful oversight of the lending practices of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac).

Mr. Clabes also worked closely with the Blue Dog Coalition, the conservative Democrat caucus within the House of Representatives numbering over fifty members of Congress.  He served as one of the lead staff persons for the Blue Dog Campaign Finance Reform Task Force, whose support of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002 was critical to House passage of that historic legislation.

Clabes was the lead Democratic staff person during the 108th Congress for the Congressional Horse Caucus.  This group, made up of Congressmen that support various aspects of the Horse Industry, worked to educate members of Congress about the important role Horses play in the U.S. economy.  The Horse Caucus also provided the base of Congressional support for virtually every issue favored by Horse industry interests, including many tax incentives that have since been signed into law.  Once at the NTRA, Joe continued his efforts by helping to expand the Caucus’ membership.

In 2000, Clabes was recognized as a member of the inaugural class of the John C. Stennis Senior Congressional Fellows Emerging Leaders Program.  Joe is a member of the National Press Club and National Democratic Club.  He holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from The American University in Washington, DC.

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