For some time now my church and each email address associated with it has been receiving unsolicited bulk emails from Michael Heimple of Capitol Artists of Colorado Springs, CO ( Mike@capartists.com ). These emails are solicitations for booking artists operating in the Christian arena.
In mid-2013, in an effort to reduce the amount of unsolicited email coming to my inbox (because dealing with the number of emails I receive that I asked for or that need my action is difficult enough) I replied to one of these emails asking that my address be removed immediately. I had to reply to the message with the request in pure hope, considering there were no details about how to unsubscribe from the mailing list within the body of the message nor were there links to any automated unsubscribe programs. I received a reply which was highly sarcastic in tone but which indicated I had been removed.
The emails continued to come unabated. I replied again in late 2013, indicating this time that every address associated with our church’s domain and my own private email address should be removed immediately from any and all mailing lists current or future. The reply I received was in clear and direct violation of the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act , specifically items #5 and #6 on the Federal Trade Commission’s CAN-SPAM page.
I was told by Mr. Heimple that he couldn’t simply remove all email addresses associated with our domain because his database didn’t sort the addresses used by domain. Again, a clear violation of the CAN-SPAM act and thus literally a Federal issue. However, in charitable 1 and pragmatic interests I provided a list of emails which needed to be removed.
The reply I received to the one with the list of emails to be removed was again sarcastic and launched a lengthy email correspondence conducted over several hours where Mr. Heimple took a taunting tone toward me and in which I reminded him that it was he, not I, who was intentionally in violation of Federal law. While I kept the initial email 2 requesting to be removed, I failed to save copies of the following interaction, a failure I greatly regret at the time of this writing.
Today I received another unsolicited email, this time promoting a group called The Cavaliers Quartet 3. At this point I feel like I have no choice but to take more direct and public action as my private attempts have failed.
Simply put, operating as a spammer – even in an attempt to connect artists with church audiences – is a violation of the law and fails to reflect appropriate Christian ethics within the context of business. If you are an artist associated with Capitol Artists or Michael Heimple (I’m not sure if there are more employees at Capitol Artists than Mr. Heimple) please know you are doing yourselves no favors by allowing him to conduct business this way on your behalf.
*Update 5/13/14* These keep coming in. I guess from here on out I’m going to update this post each time I receive a new spam message from Heimple and then share it on social media anew. Hopefully enough eyes will see it or it will turn up in search results to the point Heimple will feel like he has to follow through on my requests to have our email addresses removed from his spam email lists.
Here’s my most recently received spam email from Michael Heimple (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Capitol Artists.
2nd Update for 5/13/14: Another one came in. Reposting, notifying email@example.com and SpamCop, again. Wonder if it is time to start contacting the artists in the emails directly?
*Update 6/21/14* I’ve been contacted by another individual who has apparently had similar dealing with Heimple. While not surprised I am saddened by this new information, mostly on behalf of those artists that Heimple represents.
*Updated 8/18/14* Yet another poor unfortunate soul has had a similar experience to the others documented here.
- i.e. I didn’t want to turn an individual representing Christian artists in for violation of Federal law ↩
- That one was promoting a group named The Farm Hands Bluegrass Quartet, which sounds like a band I’d like to hear. ↩
- If you are in The Cavaliers Quartet let me be clear: I’m sure you are great guys who love the Lord. Heimple, however, is a problem. And just so you know, the link to your site that he included in his spam email promoting your group didn’t actually work because he messed up the address. ↩